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Some of the most common questions our patients ask at Belvedere Family Dentistry have to do with dental x-rays: Are they safe? Why do I or my kids need them? How often should I get them? These are great questions (and we love how much you prioritize your oral health). The answers can get complex quickly, so we’ll do our best to cover the basics for you in this post.

Let’s start with the most important question—safety. Both the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Dental Association (ADA) test dental x-rays to make sure they’re safe for patients of all ages. These governing bodies revise their guidelines when any advances in science and technology provide new methods to reduce exposure. Thanks to faster film speeds, digital X-rays, and protective aprons and thyroid collars, the dental X-rays we provide today are far superior to those taken even just a few years ago.

This applies to children, too. Today’s X-rays are so safe, in fact, that the amount of radiation a child is exposed to through dental X-rays of their back molars is roughly equivalent to the amount of radiation they are exposed to in the environment on a daily basis.

Why Do You Need X-Rays?

Dental X-rays, also called radiographs, help your dentist spot conditions, like cavities, tooth misalignment, and abscesses, that they can’t see through a visual examination. X-rays are especially important for children because they are generally more susceptible to tooth decay than adults. The benefits of dental X-rays, which include diagnosing decay, pathology, or any abnormalities, far outweigh the risks of exposure to this minimal dose of radiation.

How Often Should I Get Them?

Your dental X-ray schedule depends on a number of factors, including your medical and dental history. Generally, patients without a history of cavities or dental disease are recommended to undergo one set of X-rays every two to three years. The best way to reduce the number of X-rays you need in your visits with us is to continue following a good oral hygiene regimen at home in between your regular, bi-annual appointments.

Wondering When You’re Due for X-Rays?

Call our front office at Belvedere Family Dentistry & Orthodontics today at 704-927-5499 to ask a member of our team about your dental history! We will be happy to help you schedule your next appointment if you are overdue, or if you know you have not had dental x-rays taken in a while you can quickly schedule online with us HERE.



You finally did it. You committed to teeth whitening so you could show the world the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Now when you smile at people you meet, they smile back in a big way. Yes, you’ve had a lot of general dentistry help (and a bit of cosmetic dentistry, too) from a Uptown Charlotte dentist you really trust. You finally took it all up one more notch, though, and did the teeth whitening procedure you always dreamed of doing. Now the challenge is, how do you keep that gorgeous smile looking white and bright and dazzling? Here are a few easy tips for maintaining your White Smile.



Your teeth can stay visibly white for up to six months after a teeth whitening procedure, but only if you’re taking the very best care of your teeth after the procedure. How can you ensure that you maintain those white teeth that are smiling brightly back at you in the mirror for the longest period of time?



For a large portion of the population, dental checkups are a stressful experience. Some people worry that the dentist will find a cavity or other dental issue, and other people find the cleaning process to be painful and uncomfortable. However, visiting your general dentist for regular checkups is essential for maintaining good dental health, and checkups and cleanings will be beneficial in the long run. You can make dental checkups much easier by being prepared for the appointment. Here are four steps you can take to prepare:



Although dentistry has evolved incredibly, many Americans still suffer loss of teeth through decay, gum disease and accidents. For many years, the available dental treatments for these misfortunes were bridges and ultimately, dentures.

Today a cosmetic dentist can provide teeth that look, feel and perform just like natural teeth.

What are dental implants?
Dental implants are the perfect way to regain natural, beautiful teeth.
Implants provide a root structure for new teeth, with special titanium posts placed in the jaw bone. When bone grows and affixes around these posts, they become part of the natural structure of the jaw. When artificial teeth are attached to the posts via individual implants or a denture bridge, they provide a strong, stable structure much like natural teeth.
With proper oral hygiene, implants may last a lifetime.

Am I a candidate for implants?
Commitment to routine dental visits and good oral hygiene are a prerequisite for successful implants. An x-ray will determine if you have enough bone in your jaw to hold the implants firmly. Special evaluation must be considered if you suffer from chronic disorders such as diabetes, or if you smoke. These factors may affect the successful outcome of the implant procedure.

What happens during an implant procedure?
A cosmetic dentist will devise an individualized plan for you. A coordinated team trained in oral surgery will work to provide your treatment.
A surgical template, or guide, is made for your individual dental structure.
A tooth root implant made of titanium is placed into your jaw by the cosmetic dentist. An oral surgery procedure places the implant underneath the gum and against the bone. Integration with the bone mass must occur, which can take from six to 12 weeks.
When healing is successful, the surgeon connects a post to the titanium root, called an abutment. This will be the connecting point for new individual teeth or a special denture.

Is this process painful?
Most people are surprised at how little discomfort they experience. Local anesthesia is provided. If you are anxious about your surgery, the dentist can provide an intravenous sedative.

Success rate
Discomfort is minimal and the success rate for bone healing is 95-97%. The procedure is team-organized and carefully constructed.

If you would like to regain your natural smile through beautiful implants, click here for an appointment now.



Inside each of the teeth are both blood vessels and also nerve tissues. When a cavity occurs, these areas can become infected. Root canal treatment can help to restore functionality to the tooth and remove the tender sensations that come from the inflammation. A root canal can be done on a tooth that has severe decay, has developed an abscess, or when there has been facial trauma.



Going to the local dentist office for a routine cleaning or a few fillings may be commonplace to you, but it can be very frightening for young children. Even if your child has never had a bad experience, the sights, smells and sounds can be scary and having a stranger poking around with metal objects can be uncomfortable. Here are some tips for making sure your child is confident and compliant at the dentist’s office.



Seeing children smile is one of the nicest benefits of being a child’s parent or caretaker. Hearing them laugh is priceless. With care provided early in life by a children’s dentist, your child can get off to the healthiest possible start through good dental hygiene. This gives them the best chance to have healthier teeth and a white smile.






Uptown Charlotte Dentistry & Orthodontics

Specializing in Braces, Invisalign, Composite Bonding, Veneers and Crowns.

We do our best to make it easy for you to get the beautiful smile you deserve! Our office accepts nearly all major insurance plans. Even though dental insurance is a private arrangement between you and your company, we will file your claim, handle all the paperwork, and help you get maximum insurance benefits.


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