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Dental X-Rays

09/28/2010

Question:

How often should my dentist be x-raying my teeth?

Answer:

The frequency of taking films should always be based on the unique individual needs of each patient. For example:
      Frequency of taking films based on:
         1. Patient's oral hygiene 
         2. Caries activity
         3. Dental history
         4. Reliability of patient
         5. ADA Guidelines:
             Full-mouth series: 1 - 5 years. Depends on caries activity, perio problems, etc.
             Bitewings: 6-months (youth with high caries rate) to 3 years (adult with good oral hygiene, minimum restorative needs).
             Panoramic: 1 - 5 years. Depends on patient history

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Response by:

Constance R Kuntupis, RDH, MA Constance R Kuntupis, RDH, MA
Clinical Associate Professor of Dental Radiology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University