Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information to the dental health professional, not visible during a regular dental exam. The information helps your dentist to accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan.
Dental x-rays can be used to identify the following:
- Abscesses or cysts
- Bone loss
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
- Decay between the teeth
- Developmental abnormalities
- Poor tooth and root positions
- Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line
Early detection and treatment of dental problems can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and in many cases, your teeth. Modern digital x-rays can be projected on larger monitors and is very useful in patient education.
Are dental x-rays safe?
Dental x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe. Safety regulations are stipulated by the govenment agencies on the use of radiation in dentistry. We take every effort to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays.
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 necessary x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for disease.
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