Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Digital dental x-rays may reveal:
Abscesses or cysts.
Bone loss.
Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
Decay between the teeth.
Developmental abnormalities.
Poor tooth and root positions.
Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
Patients should have routine and regular x-rays taken at their recare appointments as needed. X-rays are not necessary at every recare appointment for most patients and the frequency of x-rays depends on each particular patient. According to the below chart, you are at a higher risk of radiation exposure taking a flight across the U.S. than getting your routine dental x-rays updated. Essentially, the amount of radiation used during dental x-rays is extremely low especially in comparison to to our natural environment and the background sources of radiation that we are exposed to everyday.
Radiation from digital X-rays can be as little as 10 percent of what patients would be exposed to with film-based radiography. Digital sensors are more responsive than film so that less radiation is required to produce a digital image. This results in a shorter beep, further reinforcing the improved safety of digital. So, the next time that you need dental x-rays, we hope that you can rest assured that the radiation exposure is extremely minimal and that our office has abided by all the guidelines to keep our patients and employees safe and healthy.