Dentistry/x rays

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Hello Doctor,  I've been going to my dentist for over 10 yrs. and I like him , I"m comfortable with him.  I'm not the best dental patient so I was lucky to find him.  That being said, every 5 yrs. he says we need full x rays. I'm due again in a couple of months for these x rays.  My question is do you think 5 yrs. is too long a wait for these x rays?  should they be every 2 yrs.  I'm getting older so I feel things are going to start going bad.  I know I'm a little more sensitive to this because I've lost a couple of friends this past yr.  I know what I must sound like and yes I do have a bit of a phobia for tests, but I'm  a normal functioning person.
I feel since it's been 5 yrs, and if things have changed could it still be early enough or could something have gone too long. I just think 5 yrs. seems a long time. Thank you. Again I know what I must sound like, but it's just phobic...

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In my Office we take check up bite wing x-rays every year or two. We recommend a full series every 5-7 years. Some periodontists like to take them every three years to evaluate patients bone levels. It sounds like your dentist has the right idea about how often to take a full series of radiographs.

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Lawrence Spindel DDS, www.lspindeldds.com

Expertise

Cosmetic Dentistry, Endodontics, General Dentistry, Preventive Dentistry, Comprehensive Dental Care

Experience

Former Clinical Instructor of Comprehensive Dentistry, and Prosthodontic Department New York University School of Dentistry. Also former instructor of Preventive Dentistry Columbia University School of Dentistry.

Publications
Ask Dr Spindel Dental Blog also numerous articles on http://www.lspindeldds.com (over 100 pages of original content)

Education/Credentials
1980 DDS New York University College of Dentistry 1981 GPR Manhattan VA Hospital

Awards and Honors
OKU 1980 Honor Society 1980 Long Island Academy of Odontology award for highest combined Academic and Clinical Achievement.
In 1997 he was elected to Fellowship into the International Academy for Dental Facial Esthetics

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