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Nadia T. Afifi, DDS | Dental X-Rays in Kent


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10920 SE 208th St
Kent, WA 98031  

Dental X-Rays

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  Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information
  not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely
  and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without 
  x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.

Dental x-rays may reveal:

      - Abscesses or cysts
      - Bone loss
Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
      - Decay between the teeth
      - Developmental abnormalities
      - Poor tooth and root positions
      - Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.

- Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money,
  unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!

Are dental x-rays safe?

   We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. The amount of radiation exposure
   from a full mouth series of x-rays is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day
   from natural sources.

   Dental x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe. Dentists take necessary
   precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays. These
   precautions include using lead apron shields to protect the body and using modern, fast film
   that cuts down the exposure time of each x-ray.

- How often should dental x-rays be taken?

   The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Your dentist and
   dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental
   history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for disease.

   A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients. A full series is usually good
   for three to five years.Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken
   at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.

Kent Dentist | Dental X-Rays. Nadia Afifi is a Kent Dentist.