What are Dental X-Rays?
A dental x-ray is a diagnostic tool that allows us to see below the surface of your teeth and gums. There may come a time when a dental-related problem goes unnoticed without the help of an x-ray. X-rays use a small amount of radiation and the technology to create these high-definition images is outstanding. You can expect to have x-rays taken at the majority of your appointments in our office.
Why are Dental X-Rays needed?
X-rays are needed to help in diagnosing and even treating multiple dental problems. They are safe for patients of all ages and various medical conditions. Some of the reasons you may need an x-ray include:
- Checkup appointments – to monitor changes
- Before oral surgery – to help in planning the procedure
- Emergency appointments – to aid in finding the problem
- Orthodontic treatment – to monitor tooth shifting and development
- Before or during root canals – to ensure the canals are being thoroughly treated
- Full set every few years – to make note of any major changes or developments
Who is a candidate for Dental X-Rays?
Because the amount of radiation used in dental x-ray technology is so minimal, they are safe for most patients. The benefits of having dental x-rays taken far outweigh any ill side effects. We often recommend x-rays because they allow us to see things that a normal exam would miss. They are helpful when diagnosing conditions as well as creating treatment plans.
What happens during the Dental X-Ray process?
The x-ray process begins by placing a lead apron over your body. This helps to protect you from the radiation being used. We then place a tiny device inside the mouth and angle the x-ray machine itself at this device. The image is taken and immediately transposed onto our computer screens. We then repeat this process if more x-rays are needed. You will find that the x-ray process is easy, comfortable and provides us with an in-depth image of your dental health.
If you think you may need x-rays, call our office today and we can get you in for a convenient appointment.