What are Oral X-Rays?
An oral or dental x-ray is an important diagnostic tool that helps us to find underlying dental problems and conditions. You can think of x-rays as an integral part of your preventative dental care, as they can help in finding issues before they’re allowed to get worse. You may need x-rays at emergency appointments, or before oral surgery. X-rays are taken at the majority of dental visits, and a complete set of radiographs is necessary every few years.
Why are Dental X-Rays necessary?
Dental x-rays help us to see underlying bone and tissue so that we can see below the surface to diagnose certain intra-oral conditions. They use a very small amount of radiation to process this image, so they’re safe and highly effective. Some of the different problems that a dental x-ray can help find include:
• Tooth decay
• Impacted teeth
• Cracks, breaks ,and fractures
• Bone loss
What makes you a viable candidate for Dental X-Rays?
Because dental x-rays use a very minimal amount of radiation, they are deemed safe for most patients. Typically, you’ll have x-rays taken at the majority of your dental appointments, because they are so helpful at spotting underlying problems and conditions. The benefits of having a dental x-ray taken far outweigh any risks that might be involved. We further protect you from radiation by draping a lead apron over your body.
What can be expected when having Dental X-Rays done?
You’ll come into our office and be seated by the dental professional taking your x-rays. The dental expert will carefully position a device inside of your mouth, and take an x-ray of that particular area. The image is then transposed on our computers, where we are able to study the image to check for any signs of decay and intra-oral problems. You may need to have x-rays taken before surgery, or if you come in for an emergency. You will typically need x-rays taken at each of your checkups, so that we can check for changes in your dental health.
If you think you need to have new dental x-rays done and are interested in scheduling an appoint with our office, call us today and our helpful staff members will be happy to help out.