Dental X-Rays

Why do I need dental x-rays?

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Like other x-rays ordered by doctors to check for things like broken bones, we use dental x-rays to help see the parts of your teeth that sit below the gums and the surrounding bone.
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Why do I need dental x-rays?

We may recommend that you undergo a series of x-rays if we have not seen you before as a patient, so that we can complete a comprehensive examination to understand your overall dental status.

The need for x-rays can depend on:
  • If you’re an existing LifeCare patient
  • Your age and dental history
  • Any symptoms requiring investigation
  • The number of teeth present
  • Visible condition of your teeth & gums
  • The treatment being proposed

What problems could a dental x-ray reveal?

We may need to take different types of x-rays depending upon what structures we are trying to view. Larger x-rays often provide a broader overview and are often taken outside the mouth. Smaller x-rays (where the x-ray film is placed inside the mouth) are used to show a smaller area in more detail, such as the area between two teeth.

Some conditions which may show up on an x-ray:
  • Tooth decay, including the presence of decay between your teeth and/or underneath fillings
  • Tooth abscesses
  • Bone loss associated with Peridontal (gum) disease
  • Cysts, or areas of chronic infection which can be associated with unerrupted teeth, or teeth which have suffered some sort of trauma
  • Your teeth are stained from drinks such as coffee, tea or red wine
  • Developing teeth – whether they are present and whether they appear as expected in the correct location
  • The presence of extra teeth or alternatively the absence of teeth
  • The presence of wisdom teeth and their position
  • Traumatic injuries such as tooth and/or bone fractures
  • The presence of any growths
  • Inflammation of sinuses (on larger x-rays)
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Frequently Asked Questions
What if I don't have all the required information to complete a form?

If you do not have all the required information such as a Medicare card number, you will need to contact your practice's administration staff in-person or by calling them on 9221 2777 (Perth City) 9409 3619 (Kingsway) so they can advise you of how to proceed.

What if I don't know how to get the information I need?

If you're unsure how to get the information you need to complete the form, you will need to contact your practice's administration staff in-person or by calling them on 9221 2777 (Perth City) or 9409 3619 (Kingsway) so they can advise you of how to proceed.

Why can’t I submit my form?

There may be outstanding required fields that you need to answer before submitting your form. You should see each field that requires an answer in a red box at the bottom of your form. Once you have answered all fields, if a signature is required, you must sign your signature electronically using your mouse or fingers in the box provided.

If you are still unable to complete the form, you can fill out the form on paper at the clinic before your appointment.

I’ve already submitted this form, do I need to do it again?

If you have already submitted this form to your practice, you do not need to complete the form again. If you're unsure whether the practice received your form submission, we suggest contacting the practice directly by calling them on 9221 2777 (Perth City) 9409 3619 (Kingsway) to ask them directly.

Still have more questions?
Contact our reception team for more information
9221 2777 (Perth City)
9409 3619 (Kingsway)