Dental radiographs (X-rays) are essential and diagnostic tools that 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 and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without X-rays, problem areas may go undetected.
X-rays help diagnose:
Abscesses or cysts.
Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
Cavities between the teeth.
Poor tooth and root positions.
Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
Are dental X-rays safe?
Dental X-rays use a low level of radiation to obtain a diagnostic image of your mouth and structures. With the advent of digital X-rays, the radiation needed to produce an image is 1/6th that of non-digital X-ray. Dentists and Hygienists take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation. These precautions include using lead apron shields to protect the body and also by using digitized radiographs.
How often should dental X-rays be taken?
Generally speaking, Dental X-rays are required to be taken annually but your Dentist and Dental Hygienist will recommend the necessary X-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for a disease.