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I just had 18 dental xrays during my check up. Is this normal and can this cause problems?

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Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry
4 doctors agree

In brief: Probably normal

An 18 film survey is the standard 'full mouth' radiographic analysis.
As a rule, this survey is obtained every 3-5 years. An interval survey (bite wing xrays) are obtained every 6-12 months and only looks at specific areas. Xrays are always measured on a risk/reward basis. Dental films, especially digital films, use very low amounts of radiation, so the reward is high.

In brief: Probably normal

An 18 film survey is the standard 'full mouth' radiographic analysis.
As a rule, this survey is obtained every 3-5 years. An interval survey (bite wing xrays) are obtained every 6-12 months and only looks at specific areas. Xrays are always measured on a risk/reward basis. Dental films, especially digital films, use very low amounts of radiation, so the reward is high.
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Dr. Mark Venincasa
Dentistry - Cosmetic
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends...

This full set of x-rays is recommended every three to five years, in general.
If this much time has past since your last set of 18 x-rays, then it is normal. Other rarer circumstances may require that the interval be faster....

In brief: Depends...

This full set of x-rays is recommended every three to five years, in general.
If this much time has past since your last set of 18 x-rays, then it is normal. Other rarer circumstances may require that the interval be faster....
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Dr. John Kong
Dentistry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Normal every 3 years

18 dental x-rays is need for a full mouth series.
It gives a complete radiographic picture of all the teeth and is a necessary component of a comprehensive dental examination. One set of full mouth series is taken every 3 years.

In brief: Normal every 3 years

18 dental x-rays is need for a full mouth series.
It gives a complete radiographic picture of all the teeth and is a necessary component of a comprehensive dental examination. One set of full mouth series is taken every 3 years.
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