What are Dental X-rays?
Dental x-rays are vital diagnostic images that we use to help in improving your dental treatment and care. When performing a typical exam, we are only able to see the surface of your teeth and gums. There may be many problems or conditions happening just below this surface that can only be seen on a dental x-rays. X-ray technology has advanced over the years, so they are safe and highly effective at providing us with clear, high-definition images.
Why would Dental X-rays be needed?
You may require x-rays during checkup visits or if you’re a new patient. We often take a full set of x-rays every few years so that we can monitor for any changes or problems. You will have x-rays taken before surgical procedures, like extractions or implants. If you’re coming into the office for an emergency, we will take x-rays to help in identifying the problem and providing you with proper treatment.
Who is a candidate for Dental X-rays?
Because x-rays use a small amount of radiation, they are safe for the majority of patients coming into our office. The benefits of having x-rays taken far outweigh any risks that may be involved. In fact, we often take x-rays on pediatric patients as well as our adult patients. Most of your dental visits into the office will involve x-rays.
What happens during the procedure to take Dental X-rays?
We begin the procedure by draping a lead vest over your body. This will help to protect you from the radiation being used. We then place a device inside of your mouth and position it strategically behind certain teeth. The x-ray machine is then aimed at this area and the image is taken. This process is then repeated until all of the necessary x-rays have been taken. We will review your x-rays during the appointment so that we can check for problems or changes that could be detrimental to your oral health.
If you would like to come into our office for new dental x-rays, call us today so that we can get you in as soon as possible.