What are Dental X-rays
Dental x-rays, or radiographs, are darkened images of your teeth that dentists frequently used to help evaluate your overall oral health. This is a common tool that many dentists use and are just as vital as teeth cleanings.
Why do you need Dental X-rays?
The amount of dental x-rays that you get done depends upon your current oral health, if you have any symptoms or signs of oral disease, if you are older or younger, or if you have or have had a history of gum disease or tooth decay. New patients undergo dental x-rays so that your new dentist can get a better understanding of your overall oral health. Children typically need to have dental x-rays performed more often because their teeth are still growing. Their new teeth need to be carefully monitored so that they grow into healthy adult teeth. Dental x-rays can show if baby teeth need to be pulled in order to prevent complications.
What makes you a good candidate for Dental X-rays?
If you are a new patient, getting dental x-rays is recommended. If you happen to have young children, getting dental x-rays will ensure their teeth are developing properly.
What happens during the procedure for Dental X-rays?
Getting dental x-rays comes with certain risks such as radiation. However, the exposure levels are so low that they’re usually considered completely safe for both children and adults. Getting dental x-rays is usually not recommended for pregnant women. This is because any level of radiation is considered unsafe for the developing fetus. Thankfully, dental x-rays required no extra preparation. X-rays are typically performed before you get a dental cleaning. When you are at the dentist’s office, you will be sitting in a chair with a lead vest placed across your chest. An x-ray machine will be positioned alongside your head to help record images from different angles of your mouth. The dental x-rays can be performed either in the same room as your cleanings or in a separate room.
If you would like to inquire more about dental x-rays, don’t hesitate to call our office and one of our members can assist you.