X-rays are necessary, precautionary, examination tools. They provide insight into hidden dental complications. The images produced help in detecting oral dangers and are used to complete a precise care plan.
Dental X-rays may discover:
· Abscesses or cysts
· Bone deterioration
· Benign or malignant tumors
· Decay between teeth
· Developmental abnormalities
· Poor tooth and root positions
· Poor conditions inside a tooth or below the gum line
Early dental detection and treatment could save you time, expenses, pain, discomfort, and your smile!
Are X-rays safe?
Environmental radiation exposure is natural. A full mouth series of X-rays is equivalent to the amount of radiation commonly experienced in a single day.
X-rays expose patients to a low-level of radiation deeming it safe. Extra precautionary measures are taken to reduce the patient’s radiation exposure. Dentists use lead aprons to shield the body and technologies like modern, fast film also decrease exposure time.
How often should dental X-rays be taken?
The number of dental X-rays is determined by each patient’s individual care plan and health needs. Your dentist and dental hygienist will carefully review your medical and dental history, dental exam, age, and risk-level; then, they will recommend necessary X-rays to be taken.
New patients are suggested to complete a full mouth series of X-rays. A full series lasts three-to-five years. Bitewing X-rays (images of the top and bottom teeth closed together) are taken more frequently. They are recommended to be done at check-ups, and once/twice a year.