What are Dental X-rays?
X-rays are a useful part of your preventative and restorative care in our office. You can think of your teeth as simply the tip of the iceberg. There is a lot going on just below the surface that is impossible to see with a regular examination. These dental x-rays give us a detailed view of your oral and dental health while using a minimal amount of radiation.
Why are regular Dental X-rays needed?
We often take x-rays at most dental appointments so that we can check and monitor for any changes. The reason these x-rays are so important is because it’s almost impossible for us to see everything going on without knowing what’s happening below the surface of your teeth and gums. We often take x-rays at your bi-annual checkup visits or before surgeries, root canals and for emergency appointments.
Who is a good candidate for Dental X-rays?
Our x-ray machine uses a small amount of radiation to create highly detailed images in our office. X-rays are safe for most patients, and we will go over your medical and health history to be sure of this before simply taking the x-rays needed. The benefits of having x-rays taken far outweigh any risks that may be involved. We use all necessary safety measures to prevent unnecessary exposure to radiation while you’re in our office.
What happens during the Dental X-ray process?
We drape a lead vest over your body to protect you from the radiation being used. Once covered, we position a device inside your mouth and aim the x-ray machine at this device. The x-ray image is taken and we continue onto another section of the mouth. This process is continually repeated until all of the necessary x-rays have been taken. Our doctors will then review these x-rays to help in creating a treatment plan that is specific to your own personal needs. You can expect to have one or more x-rays taken at the majority of your dental appointments, especially if you are a new patient and it’s been awhile since you’ve had x-rays taken.
If you would like to come into our office for new dental x-rays, call us now so that we can get you in as soon as possible.