I got a extraction a month ago and had an x-ray taken of the extraction site. I went to get a check-up this past week and they took more x-rays. I asked “what are you doing” and she said, “we are taking bitewing x-rays” and my question is why did I need more x-rays because they took one last month?
It is standard procedure for a dentist to take an x-ray after an extraction site to make sure there is no part of the tooth left in the socket. Your bitewing x-rays taken at your dental check-up are necessary in order to see if you have tooth decay in between your teeth. Bitewings are usually taken either every six months or once a year depending on insurance and your dental needs. This type of x-ray is necessary for your dentist to do a proper dental exam. It is difficult to diagnosis tooth decay in between the teeth without a bitewing x-ray. Next time you are uncertain about a procedure don’t hesitate to ask so you feel more comfortable and have an understanding of what is needed and why.
Post courtesy of Dr. Perry, Baton Rouge Dentist.