how often should dental (bite wing) x0rays really be taken ? every 2 years just sounds so aritrary to me - why not every one year ? evevry five years ? what is the science behind intervals if nay ? simply another profit center ?also are digital x-reays realy as accurate/revealing as traditional silver halide film (seems like most endodontists still insist on old silver based film as they need to have accurate films ?_)
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It depends on many Factors like Age of the Patient, History of the Gum Disease, Is it a New Patient or Repeat Patient, High or Low Risk of Decay of Teeth etc.It could be anywhere from 6 Months to even 18 Months or more.
No doubt, Digital X - Rays are superior than Traditional Silver Halide Film as it gives Better Resolution, Dramatically Reduced Radiation to the Patient and ability to zoom into the Parts of the Image.Most of the Endodontist Prefer Digital X Rays as it will come on the Computer Screen much Quickly than the Normal X-Ray Developer.
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