What is a dental x-ray?
An x-ray is a dental radiograph that helps detect anything abnormal below the surface of the gum line and between the teeth where surfaces contact. Problems may go undetected without having x-rays taken. It is an essential part of a treatment plan.
Why are x-rays necessary?
Finding out changes to your teeth early and or if there is tooth decay or caries, can save you time and money in the long run and most importantly – your teeth.
How safe is a dental x-ray?
Natural radiation exposure exists everywhere. The small amount of radiation you receive from a dental x-ray is no greater than from natural sources. Taking 4 dental x-rays is equivalent to the amount of radiation from a short airplane flight (1-2 hours). Dental x-rays fall within the health safety standards for low-level radiation. To be extra safe we also use collimators and lead aprons to shield you.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
The frequency for dental x-rays truly depends on the individual’s needs. We look at the following factors before we recommend x-rays:
your medical history
frequency of exams
signs and symptoms
risk for disease