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As a health professional, a dentist is obligated to protect the total oral health of their patients. In order to provide a minimum standard of care, a dentist must take radiographs to diagnose any periodontal or dental disease such as cancerous tumors or cysts that may not be seen upon a visual examination. Radiographs are also used to check for cavities and evaluate the extent of decay. Congenitally missing or impacted teeth such as wisdom teeth are often identified this way, and the presence and extent of bone loss due to periodontal disease is easily seen through dental X-rays.
At Smiley Dental Group, we take x-rays only when necessary - which is not very often. But in order to provide the best care for our patients, we must have at least one diagnostic x-ray on file to assess our patients' current oral health state, and to use this as a baseline going forward. We are sorry we cannot accept patients who refuse to allow us to take radiographs because that prohibits us from being able to deliver even a minimum standard of care as required by our profession.