Why are x-rays important?
X-rays allows the dentist and hygienists to get a behind the scenes look at what is going on inside your mouth and gums. This allows us the ability to identify problem areas that are not detectable by the naked human eye alone.
Important things the x-ray picks up are:
- Abscesses or cysts.
- Bone loss.
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
- Developmental abnormalities.
- Poor tooth and root positions.
- Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
Are Dental x-rays safe?
Today’s dental x-rays require very low levels of radiation exposure compared to medical x-rays and dental x-rays of years ago. The radiation exposure is lower than what you would receive after spending the afternoon in the sun. Digital x-rays, which we use at Dentistry by Design reduces this exposure even further. And of course, just to take an extra precaution we use lead aprons for your protection.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
At Dentistry by Design we assess each patient on an individual basis based on their age, risk for disease and signs and symptoms of oral disease when deciding if an X-ray is needed and what type. We also use dental X-rays within the guidelines set by the American Dental Association. The intervals range from 6 months to every 5 years based on those factors.