What are Dental X-rays?
Dental x-rays are an important part of keeping your smile healthy and bright. You can think of your mouth as the tip of the iceberg. There are many things that could be going on just below the surface that we won’t know until x-rays are taken. We use the latest x-ray technology and machinery available, so only a minimal amount of radiation is needed to take high-quality images.
Why might Dental X-rays be needed?
We often recommend a full set of x-rays every few years or for brand new patients. At checkup visits, you can expect to have just a few x-rays taken so that we can monitor for any changes or problems. We take x-rays before oral surgeries, orthodontic treatment and prior to root canals. X-rays are an important part of your dental health and treatment planning.
Who is a candidate for Dental X-rays?
Because we use the very latest in radiation technology, you can feel confident knowing that x-rays use a small amount of radiation and are safe for most patients. In fact, x-rays are even beneficial for our pediatric patients who are coming to us for care. Before they are taken, we will always let you know when and why the image is necessary as part of your treatment plan. The benefits of having x-rays taken far outweigh any risks that might be involved.
What can be expected when Dental X-rays are being taken?
To begin the process, our trained dental professional will drape a lead apron over your body. This apron is specifically designed to refract radiation away from your body while the machinery is in use. A small appliance is placed into the mouth behind specific teeth. The machine is then aimed at this appliance and the x-ray is taken. The dental professional moves the appliance and repeats the process until all of the x-rays are taken. We immediately review these x-rays to help provide you with the very best comprehensive care.
If you would like to learn more about x-rays and how they are taken, call us today so that one of our team members can further assist you.