X-rays take pictures called radiographs. X-rays are able to show areas that cannot be seen with the “naked” eye. With x-rays your dentist is able to see inbetween the teeth to detect cavities, see bone levels, and any infection at the root of the tooth. Without x-rays we would not be able to do a thorough dental exam. That could leave dental problems undetected and/or untreated, which may lead into more costly dental work later. Contact us to get back on track.
Why do I need x-rays?
In some cases dental problems that are involved in between the teeth or at the root of the tooth are hard to detect with the “naked” eye. With dental x-rays we are able to detect and/or treat areas of dental problems before they require more invasive treatment. With proper home care and early detection there have been cavities that reversed and remineralized, not needing a filling.
How often do I need x-rays?
Your dentist will determine when and how often you will need x-rays. X-rays are determined based on your age, rate of decay, and your dental history. The doctor may require x-rays only every two to three years if you are an adult with a low decay rate and no history of dental problems. On the other hand, if you are more prone to decay and gum disease, we may recommend new x-rays every six months to a year.
Are x-rays safe?
Many patients ask if x-rays are safe. Yes, x-rays are safe and we only take the x-rays that are needed. You are exposed to as little x-ray as possible and you are not exposed to the radiation for a long period of time. We also use digital x-rays that use 90% less radiation than conventional film. These digital x-rays are just as accurate as conventional x-rays and even reveal things traditional films can’t. For the safety of the staff they leave the room during x-rays to limit their accumulated exposure over time.