The importance of Dental X-rays

The Importance Of Dental X-Rays

Many patients feel like they are always needing their check up x-rays taken but the truth is we only take them every two years. Why this is, is because it is interesting what can happen to your teeth in two years or less even if you come for regular check ups and cleans somethings cannot be detected through visual examination. Things like decay between the teeth and decay starting under a filling are things check-up x-rays will be able to detect. X-rays may seem complex, but they are actually a very common tool that is just as important as your teeth cleaning.

After dental x-rays are taken
When the images are ready instantly in the case of digital X-rays your dentist will review them and check for abnormalities. If your dentist finds problems, such as cavities or tooth decay, they will discuss your treatment options. If your dentist finds no problems, keep up the good work!

Are dental x-rays safe?
Yes. A dental x-ray taken every 2 years, or even more frequently poses no health risks. Your dental health far outweighs any risk from exposure to the radiation emitted by the low-level radiation x-rays. This is for both adults and children. We do not do x-rays for woman whom are pregnant.

What Do Dental X-Rays show?
Dental X-rays can show:

  • Small areas of decay between teeth
  • Decay beneath fillings
  • Cysts and other types of tumors
  • Bone loss in the jaw due to periodontal disease
  • The position of teeth to determine what kind of tooth implant, braces, or dentures are required
  • Abscesses