Have you ever wondered why dentist take x-rays?

Do you think that x-rays are not a necessary part of your dental treatment?

 

Did you know Dental x-rays are one of the lowest radiation dose studies performed. A routine exam which includes 4 bitewings is about 0.005 mSv, which is less than one day of natural background radiation. It is also about the same amount of radiation exposure from a short airplane flight.

Dental X-rays can detect even the slightest traces of oral health problems at their earliest stages, such as cavities, gum disease, oral infections, and some types of tumors. It’s important to realize that dental X-rays are only taken when necessary. Listed below are just a few reason why dental x-rays do more good than harm and have a huge impact on your oral health.

 

1. LOOK FOR DECAY BETWEEN TEETH
Sometimes decay isn’t visible to the naked eye and exists in areas the dentist cannot see.

 

2. CHECK FOR BONE LOSS ASSOCIATED WITH GUM DISEASE
Gum disease can cause bone loss and an x-ray will show how advanced it is.

 

3. CHECK FOR DECAY UNDER FILLINGS
Sometimes decay under fillings can occur and can only be seen with an x-ray.

 

4. LOOK FOR INFECTION AT THE TIP OF THE ROOT
Infections can appear at the very bottom your teeth where the bone is, which needs to be confirmed using an x-ray.

 

5. EXAMINE THE AREAS BEFORE PROCEDURES
Dentist need a full view of the teeth and bone before procedures such as braces, implants, and tooth removal.

 

 

To see is to know…
Not to see is to guess…
And we don’t guess about our patients health