The Necessity and Benefits of Dental X-RAYS

The Necessity  of  Dnetal X-RAYS

The benefits of X-rays are well known: They help dentists diagnose common problems such as cavities, gum disease and some types of infections. X-rays allow dentists to see inside a tooth and beneath the gums. Without them, more disease would go unchecked. Treatment would begin later. As a result, people would have more pain and lose more teeth.


What Dnetal X-RAYS Show?

Intraoral X-rays are the most common type of radiograph taken in dentistry. They give a high level of detail of the tooth, bone and supporting tissues of the mouth. These X-rays allow dentists to:

Find cavities

Look at the tooth roots

Check the health of the bony area around the tooth

Help diagnose periodontal disease

See the status of developing teeth


The Necessity and Benefits of X-RAYS


Why Dental X-Rays Are Performed

Dental X-rays are typically performed through portable dental x rays machine yearly, or more often if your dentist is tracking the progress of a dental problem or treatment.

Factors affecting how often you get dental X-rays may include:

  • your ageChildren and teens who have a history of many cavities may need X-rays every six months or every year, depending on age. So may those who have a high risk of decay for other reasons. X-rays also help to keep track of tooth development.
  • your current oral health – People with many fillings, crowns, bridges or other restorations.  — X-rays help the dentist find decay beneath your fillings and crowns or in new places.
  • any symptoms of oral disease –  People with dry mouth or periodontal (gum) disease – Saliva helps keep your mouth and teeth healthy by regulating the acid levels (pH) in the mouth.   X-rays can reveal signs of bone loss. If this has happened, then you may need periodontal (gum) surgery.
  • Smokers — Smoking increases the risk of bone loss around the teeth and periodontal disease.

The Necessity  of  X-RAYS

Are Dental X-Rays Dangerous?

Dental x-rays are safe. Any kind of x-ray requires radiation, but with dental x-rays, the amount of radiation is very small. And today’s modern digital x-rays require much less radiation for exposure than traditional film x-rays do.

Here’s what CNN says about dental x-rays: “Four bitewing x-rays, which is what many people get in a routine exam, give about .005 millisieverts of radiation, according to the American College of Radiology. That’s about the same amount of radiation you get in a normal day from the sun and other sources.”

After Dental X-Rays

When the images are ready — instantly in the case of digital X-rays — your dentist will review them and check for abnormalities. If a dental hygienist is cleaning your teeth, the dentist may go over the results of the X-rays with you after your cleaning is done. The exception is if the hygienist discovers any significant problems during the X-rays.

If your dentist finds problems, such as cavities or tooth decay, they’ll discuss your treatment options. If your dentist finds no problems, keep up the good work!