Dental x-rays provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected and an accurate treatment plan can’t be determined.
Digital x-rays are the latest technology used to take dental x-rays. This technique uses an electronic sensor that captures and stores the digital image on a computer (instead of x-ray film). This provides an image that can be instantly viewed and enlarged helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect situations easier. Digital x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% over traditional film x-ray film.
Dental x-rays may reveal:
- Poor tooth and root positions.
- Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
- Abscesses or cysts.
- Bone loss.
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
- Decay between the teeth.
- Developmental abnormalities.
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and preserve your teeth.
Are dental x-rays safe?
We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. Even though digital x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered very safe, dentists still take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation. These precautions include only taking those x-rays that are necessary, and using lead apron shields to protect the body.
Digital x-rays produce a significantly lower level of radiation compared to traditional dental x-rays. Also, since the digital image is captured electronically, there is no need to develop the x-rays, thus eliminating the disposal of harmful waste and chemicals into the environment. Not only are digital x-rays better for the health and safety of the patient, they are faster and more comfortable to take, which reduces your time in the dental office.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend only necessary x-rays. These are based on review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and risk of disease.
A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients, which is usually good for three to five years. “Bite-wing” x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken as needed during check-up visits.
If you would like to schedule an appointment, contact Capati Dental today.