What are Dental X-rays?
Dental x-rays are important diagnostic tools that we use to get a complete view of your oral health. The teeth and gums in your mouth are only the top of the iceberg. Many times, issues can occur below the surface and can only be seen on a dental x-ray. X-rays are taken at most of your dental appointments to allow us to monitor for any changes.
Why would Dental X-rays be needed?
You can expect x-rays to be taken at the vast majority of your dental appointments. In fact, we take them at regular checkup visits as well as before certain procedures, like root canals and surgeries. If you come into the office for an emergency, you can expect an x-ray to be taken to help us in identifying the problem. We take a full set of x-rays of your teeth every few years.
Who is a candidate for Dental X-rays?
We use the latest technology available for dental x-rays. This reduces the amount of radiation that is used and makes the process safer for your whole family. The benefits of having dental x-rays taken far outweigh any risks that may be involved. Every member of your family can and should have x-rays taken at regular intervals.
What happens during the Dental X-ray process?
Our assistant or hygienist will place a lead apron over your body. This is meant to protect you from any radiation being used. We then place a small, comfortable device in your mouth. This device contains a film that is then used in conjunction with the x-ray machine itself. The x-ray machine is aimed at this device and inner film. The x-ray is taken and we will have a high-quality and fully detailed image to study immediately after. The process is repeated for any other area that requires x-rays. The procedure is easy, quick and allows us to have a complete view of your dental and oral health.
If you need to have new dental x-rays taken, call the office today to speak with one of our trained and knowledgeable staff members.