<b>What are Dental X-Rays?</b>
Dental x-rays are a diagnostic tool that’s crucial to your oral health. X-rays allow us to find problems that would otherwise go unnoticed with a typical examination. Most of your appointments in the office will involve having x-rays taken. They use a small amount of radiation to ensure they’re safe for patients of all ages.
<b>Why are Dental X-Rays needed?</b>
X-rays are often needed at each of your bi-annual exams to help us identify any changes that might be found. They’re useful for emergencies so that we can detect problems before they’re allowed to get worse. You may need to have x-rays taken before surgical procedures or to identify impacted wisdom teeth. You will need a full set of x-rays taken every few years so that we can monitor any noticeable changes.
<b>What can Dental X-Rays find?</b>
X-rays can help to find a variety of dental conditions. This allows us to create a treatment plan that is specific to your needs. Some of the different things x-rays can help us to find include:
• Infections and abscesses
• Impacted wisdom teeth
• Pediatric growth and development
• Gum disease
• Bone loss
• Problematic restorations
<b>What can you expect when having Dental X-Rays taken?</b>
We will place a lead apron or vest over your body to protect you from any radiation. A small device is then placed inside the mouth and the larger machine angled towards this device. The x-ray is then taken by one of our trained staff members and the device is placed in another area of the mouth. The process is finished once all necessary x-rays are taken. We immediately review your x-rays and help to create a treatment plan according to what we see. X-rays are safe, using a minimal amount of radiation and deeming them safe for patients of varying ages. We recommend having new x-rays taken at most of your dental visits.
If you think you might need dental x-rays and are ready to come in for an appointment, call our office today and we will be happy to further assist you.