What are Dental X-rays?
A dental x-ray gives us a clear view of everything going on below the surface of your teeth and gums. Your teeth and gums are similar to the tip of an iceberg. There is a lot more going on below the surface than many people think. X-rays allow us to check for problems, monitor growth and changes and make important treatment plans that are crucial for your oral health.
Why are Dental X-rays needed?
You can expect dental x-rays to be taken at the vast majority of your dental visits. These x-rays are safe and use a minimal amount of radiation to produce a highly detailed image. Some of the reasons you’d need x-rays include:
- Checkup visits
- Full set every few years
- Before or during a root canal
- Before oral surgery
- During emergency appointments
- Before orthodontic treatment
Who is a candidate for Dental X-rays?
Because dental x-rays use a small amount of radiation, they’re deemed safe for the majority of patients coming into our office. The benefits of having x-rays taken far outweigh any possible risks involved. X-rays are a critical part of your dental care, and they can help in preventing minor problems from getting worse. These x-rays are taken by our trained staff, and you can request a copy of them at any time.
What happens during the process for Dental X-rays?
Our assistant or hygienist will place a lead vest over your body. This prevents any radiation used from hitting you during treatment. We then place a small device in your mouth and angle the x-ray machine at the device. The x-ray is taken and the process repeated for any additional x-rays that are needed during your appointment. The doctor will then use these x-rays during your visit to look for changes and problems that need be addressed right away. For new patients, we take full sets of x-rays to help us in getting to know you and your unique smile.
If you think you may need new dental x-rays and want to come into the office for a visit, call us today to speak with one of our professional team members.