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Posted: Thursday, November 28, 2013 9:07 am | Updated: 9:17 pm, Mon Jan 27, 2014.

Why do I need to get X-rays?

X-rays are simple and fast ways for doctors to be able to see what’s going on. It’s something that gives a more in depth look at a patient’s mouth – allowing us to see any problems that we wouldn’t be able to unless we took an X-ray. I had a friend who chose not to get X-rays and ended up having to get root canals done. If she had gotten X-rays the doctor would have been able to see the infections. Not all infections have symptoms. Infections can be silent or asymptomatic for a long period of time before they hurt. X-rays allow us to see between the teeth, the roots, and the bone.

How often do I need to get them?

Overall, it is recommended to get a set of X-rays once each year. We do look at your dental history, dental exams, age, hygiene and more to see if it is necessary to receive more frequent X-rays.

How long does an X-ray take?

One X-ray usually takes less than 10 seconds.

If they’re so easy and helpful, why don’t more people get X-rays?

What I often find is that people are fearful of overexposure to radiation. They don’t need to be though as the usage of digital X-ray radiation (what we use now) compared to film X-rays is significantly less.

Who is the doctor that will be looking at my X-rays?

Dr. Rashmi Bhatnagar, D.M.D., who is referred to as Dr. B, is the primary doctor at this office. She graduated from the University of Pittsburg School of Dental Medicine, and did her advanced residency at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia. She has been practicing for over 13 years and continues to do about 200 hours of continued education per year.

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