Dental X-rays are a common diagnostic procedure, and are considered very safe. In fact, they use low doses of radiation and produce just a fraction of what you are exposed to in other imaging procedures.
Who Needs Dental X-Rays?
Dental X-rays are used to help dentists see issues that are otherwise invisible to the naked eye, including:
- Areas of decay, like those in between teeth or under a filling
- Bone loss associated with gum disease
- Abscesses, which are infections at the root of the tooth or between the tooth and gum
- Changes in the root canal
Your Snow Family Dentistry dentist can also use X-rays to prepare tooth implants, dentures, and other similar treatments.
How to Determine Whether X-Rays are Necessary
The best way to minimize radiation exposure from dental X-rays is to make sure they are only done when necessary. There is no set schedule for dental X-rays; rather, it’s left to the healthcare provider to make an informed decision as to whether you, the patient, needs X-rays with their examination. Factors that your Snow Family Dentistry dentist will consider include:
- Stage of dental development
- History of oral health
- Risk factors for various conditions
- Presenting symptoms
One study revealed that performing a careful clinical evaluation of the patient can reduce the need for X-rays as much as 43 percent without any increase in the rate of undiagnosed diseases.
To further minimize your need for X-rays, if you have had them done at a previous dentist, make sure they are transferred to any new provider to eliminate the need for repeat procedures.
Looking for more information regarding dental X-rays? Contact Snow Family Dentistry today!