Arlen Vartanian, DDS
Dentist in Alhambra, CA

How often do I need dental x-rays?

As with all dental treatment, we personalize your dentistry to meet your health needs and will make recommendations designed to keep you healthy and comfortable. According to the ADA, for most patients, yearly x-rays are enough to evaluate your teeth, bone, and gums and identify any conditions that put your oral health at risk.

If you suffer from gum disease (periodontal disease) or you have a history of losing teeth, we may recommend x-rays more frequently. Conversely, if you do not have significant dentistry or a history of tooth decay, we may be able to schedule x-rays every two years if you remain healthy.

Here are some of the different types of x-rays commonly offered:

  • Bitewing x-rays – checks for dental decay (yearly)
  • Full mouth x-rays – examines the tooth structure from crown to root and assesses bone levels (every 3 to 5 years)
  • Periapical x-rays – typically used for restorative dentistry or emergency dental appointments when an image of the whole tooth structure is needed (as needed)
  • Panoramic x-rays – takes a comprehensive image of all of your teeth at once and includes your jaw joints, bone, and dental anatomy (every 3 to 5 years)

Every patient is different, and the timelines listed above are a generalization based on averages. We will adjust your x-ray recall schedule to ensure you always have up-to-date information regarding your oral health.

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Dear Patients,

Welcome back!!! We're reopening on June 1st, 2020 to accommodate all of your dental needs, including cleanings, exams, routine dental care, and emergencies. Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and the additional measures we are putting in place will further improve patient and staff safety.  

Please review our reopening letter HERE for additional information. We look forward to seeing you again! If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call our office at (626)282-4195.  Wishing you and your loved ones nothing but the best. – Dr. Vartanian & Team