This month’s topic is by far one of the most frequently asked questions. “Do I need x-rays every time I come in for a check up?”
In most cases a dentist will require that every patient, regardless of the state of their dental health, undergo a complete set of x-rays or a panoramic x-ray once every 3 to 5 years. Patients with relatively healthy teeth and gums are usually x-rayed with supplemental films (i.e., bitewing and/or periapicle x-rays) minimally, once a year in between complete sets. Patients who are prone to gum disease, bone loss, multiple caries (cavities), or have specific teeth and restorations the dentist may be watching, may be x-rayed on a more frequent basis coinciding with their 3,4, or 6 month check ups.
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