What are Dental X-rays?
X-rays are crucial for maintaining optimal oral health. They give us a clear view of what’s going on just below the surface of your teeth and gums. We can use these x-rays to find signs of decay, cracks, fractures, oral trauma, bone loss, abscesses as well as other problems. The technology that we use utilizes a minuscule amount of radiation per image.
Why are Dental X-rays necessary?
Without routine x-rays, we are only able to treat the surface of your teeth and gums. You can think of your teeth as an iceberg, since the majority of what is going on and what makes up the health of the tooth is far below the surface. The only way for us to see this area is with a dental x-ray. X-rays are safe and the benefits of having them done are crucial for optimal oral health.
Who is a candidate for Dental X-rays?
Because we use a small amount of radiation to produce detailed x-ray images, they are safe to have done regardless of age. The benefits of having x-rays outweigh any ill effects, so we recommend having them done at the majority of your dental appointments. We will go over your health and medical history to ensure you are able to undergo radiation in the office. Most patients who need x-rays can safely have the procedure done without any side effects.
What happens during the Dental X-ray process?
The x-ray process begins with a lead apron being draped over your whole body. This will help to protect you when the radiation is being used. The small x-ray device is placed in the mouth and the machine itself is aimed at this device. The x-ray is then taken, and the assistant or hygienist moves the x-ray to another area of the mouth. This process is repeated until all x-rays are taken. Dr. Ally then uses these x-rays to help in creating a personalized treatment plan vital to your dental health.
If you would like to schedule an appointment to have new dental x-rays taken, call us today to speak with one of our friendly and helpful team members.