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Are X-Rays Optional? Im a New Patient

At Tavistock Drive Dental Care we want to ensure our patients are able to make informed decisions on their treatment and care. 

 To do this we need to give New Patients a full initial examination, and take x-rays (unless you have had some taken very recently or if there is a medical reason for avoiding this), to ensure the dentist can diagnose any potential problems at the earliest stages.

We understand that this is an added expense but an x-ray allows the dentist to see what is happening below the surface of the teeth and gums. 

Your teeth may look perfectly healthy on the surface but there may be dental decay under the tooth enamel which is not visible to the naked eye.  Your dentist can also see any possible infections in the roots of the teeth as well as any bone loss.

X-rays  allow the dentist to see between the teeth and under the edges of existing fillings, early detection of problems mean teeth can be treated at an early stage.

The dentist will show you the x-rays and explain any problems identified by the x-ray.  You will then have the opportunity to raise any concerns and discuss any possible treatment options with the dentist. 

You will be given a full written estimate of any treatment options and allowed to consider the options before making any decisions on the best treatment to meet your needs.

We aim to build a personal relationship with all of our patients where you are given the chairside time you deserve and the opportunity to work with us to maintain the best oral health regime to protect your smile for years to come.

*X-rays are an important part of your health record and must be kept with your personal dental file, these are not transferrable and remain the property of the practice.

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