Essenmacher Family Dental

Why do I need dental x-rays?

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Dental x-rays give us very important information that helps us evaluate your mouth for periodontal disease, decay between the teeth, certain types of tumors, and tooth infections (abscesses or cysts). We take only the necessary number of images to be able to effectively treat and diagnose oral conditions. Unless you encounter a problem or have a dental emergency, we take x-rays approximately once per year and a full mouth series of x-rays once every five years. Regular x-rays help us to compare changes in your health over time.

Many patients express concern over the radiation associated with dental x-rays. Dental x-rays have always been among the lowest in radiation. Our office only uses digital dental x-rays, which emit a significantly reduced amount of radiation compared to traditional dental films. Digital dental x-rays allow us to download an image of your teeth immediately so that Dr. Essenmacher can make a diagnosis on the spot if you have pain or a dental emergency. Digital x-rays are also better for the environment by eliminating the chemicals required to develop film. Because digital dental x-rays produce high-resolution images, Dr. Essenmacher can make a diagnosis while your condition is still small and treatable.

Not all conditions appear on dental x-rays, but they still afford us with the best method to see what is not visible with a visual exam alone. 

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Dear valued patients,

As many of you know, in response to the recommendations from the American Dental Association and public health orders in place in New Mexico, we have been seeing patients on an urgent/emergency basis only since March 17. As a practice, our first priority is to put the health and safety of our team and community first.  

Because the exact trajectory of this pandemic cannot be anticipated, we are unable to accurately predict when we’ll be able to resume seeing patients for regular dental care.  At this time, public health orders prohibiting elective dental care extend until May 15.  However, we will definitely make an announcement on our website and Facebook when normal hours are resumed. We will also be contacting patients whose appointments were canceled so that we can reschedule.  

In the meantime, if you have any questions about an upcoming appointment, or have a concern about your teeth that you’d like to discuss, please do not hesitate to call our office.  We are happy to assist you in any way we can.  

While we all watch and wait to see what the coming weeks hold for our nation, I pray for health and peace for all of you and those you love.  I know that together, we will get through this. Take care and God bless. Visit our Facebook page for a message from Dr. Essenmacher. 

Best Regards,

Dr. Essenmacher