x rays necessity

Is it reasonable for a dentist to require me to do annual x-ray for back teeth if I have no signs or symptoms of dental (or any other medical) problems for the last 10 years? I am in my 30s. Dentist's reasoning for x-rays is pockets 3-4mm and 1 implant. She says it would be "negligence" from her side not to do x-rays annually.

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Answer: x ray necessity

By Sarah h
Dental Professional

Visual examination of the oral cavity and teeth only reveals a portion of your teeth.  There are five sides to every tooth, only three that are visible in the mouth.  It is standard of care to take bitewing xrays of the posterior teeth once per year to check for interproximal decay (between the teeth) and to check the bone level.  With 4mm probing depths, there is an indication of inflammation which could lead to bone loss if not properly maintained.  It is also extremely important to monitor the bone around the implant with a dental xray yearly.  Your dentist is treating you as recommended with standard of care guidelines. 

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