What is a Dental X-Ray?
A dental x-ray is important to your overall preventative care routine. We use your x-rays to help in diagnosing and even treating certain conditions. X-rays are normally taken at the majority of your dental appointments. They use a very small amount of radiation, so they’re completely safe for every member of the family.
Why might Dental X-Rays be needed?
Dental x-rays are normally needed to detect problems like tooth decay, cracks or fractures as well as impacted teeth. You may need to have an x-ray taken before oral surgery or when having a root canal done. We will always tell you when and if x-rays are needed. A full set of x-rays is necessary every couple of years.
What makes you a candidate for Dental X-Rays?
Because dental radiographs use a small amount of radiation to produce an image, they are deemed safe for most patients. The benefits of having x-rays taken far outweigh any risks or side effects that might be involved. You will always be told when x-rays are necessary and we can even help in explaining why they are needed for certain procedures. Your x-rays are on file with us at all times and you can ask for a copy of your x-rays as needed.
What should you expect when having Dental X-Rays taken?
You will be comfortably seated in our office by one of our staff members. We will then position a small device over your mouth and take a digital x-ray. The image is transposed to our computers, where we can examine the area and look for different problems and conditions. We will recommend x-rays for emergency appointments as well as before having oral surgery done in our office. X-rays are safe and highly effective, and this is why we use these images as part of your entire preventative care routine.
If you need to have new dental x-rays done or would like to learn more about this procedure, call our office today and our helpful staff members can further assist you.