The Importance of X-Rays
A dental visit is almost always accompanied with X-rays. Why is this so? Learn about the importance of X-rays and how they help you.
They Give Your Dentist “X-ray” Vision
ADA.org explains, “Dentists use X-rays to help diagnose damage and disease that is not visible during a clinical dental examination.”With the naked eye, we are unable to see certain oral issues. A cavity between the teeth is an excellent example of this. On the other hand, a radiograph of the area will show a dark area that alerts the dentist to this decay. Therefore, getting X-rays taken as part of your 6 month dental check-ups is vital for dental problem prevention!
Do X-rays Present Any Danger?
Fear of radiation poisoning can make some patients leery about getting their X-rays taken. Are there any grounds for this fear? Thankfully, with modern, digital X-ray technology, the levels of radiation exposure are extremely low. Therefore, both adults and children can safely have radiographs taken. Additionally, all of your vital organs are protected with the lead vest you are given to wear.
Types of X-rays
Below you can learn about the main types of X-rays you will find in your dental office:
Bitewing: Dental crowns, bone level, and cavities between teeth are some of the things your dentist can check with this image. It will involve your biting down on a special piece of paper connected to the X-ray sensor. Generally four bitewings are taken at each 6 month visit.
Panoramic: This image will provide your doctor with the necessary information to determine such things as jaw health, Orthodontic treatment, and whether wisdom teeth should be removed. It will involve your standing still as the machine rotates around your head to create a 360 degree image.
Periapical: This will capture your tooth from crown to root. There will generally be two of these taken at every 6 month visit.
Prevention is key for oral health care and X-rays are a vital part of this! Please give us a call to schedule your appointment.