Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

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. At Warrier Dentistry, we use the latest digital X-rays to minimize radiation exposure.

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.

This article is

Medically Reviewed by 

Dr. Smita Warrier

Dr. Smita Warrier graduated dental school in 2004 from Tufts University in Boston. She relocated to Charlotte shortly after and started her practice in Ballantyne in 2007. She is very passionate about dentistry and providing top-notch care to her patients. 

She is a member of the American Dental Association as well as local and state dental organizations. She feels very strongly about staying abreast of the latest technologies and treatment care modalities and dedicates many hours in continuing education. 

She has been an Invisalign certified provider since 2006.

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