Dental radiographs (X-rays) are valuable and preventative diagnostic equipment that reveals important information which may not be revealed during dental exams. Dentists use the information to detect dental abnormalities and also provide an appropriate treatment plan. However, without X-rays, it may be impossible to detect problem areas.
Dental X-rays may reveal:
- Cysts or abscesses
- Loss of Bone
- Tumors (Cancerous or non-cancerous)
- Tooth decay
- Developmental abnormalities
- Poor root and tooth positions
- Abnormalities below the gum line or inside a tooth
You can save lots of money, time, extreme pain, and your teeth when dental problems are detected on time!
Are dental X-rays safe?
We all have had to deal with various forms of radiation in our environment. The total amount of radiation a person receives from a full mouth series of X-rays is equivalent to the amount the person is exposed to in one day from natural sources.
The level of radiation produced by Dental X-rays is low and considered safe. Dentists try to ensure that they limit a patient’s exposure to dental X-rays. One precaution involves shielding the body using a lead apron and the use of modern, fast film that reduces the exposure time of each X-ray.
How often should one take dental X-rays?
The health needs of each patient will determine how often they are required to take dental X-rays. Your dental hygienist and dentist will take a look at your dental and medical history, your age, signs, and symptoms before recommending necessary X-rays for you.
Dentists usually recommend a full mouth series of dental X-rays for new patients. This is usually perfect for three to five years. Bite-wing (when the bottom and top teeth are clenched) X-rays are taken during check-up visits and are only recommended at most twice a year to reveal any new dental problems.