Dental x-rays use very low levels of radiation and are considered safe.
If you have had a dental x-ray, you will know that the process is quick and simple. In fact, dental x-rays are very useful because they allow your dentist to thoroughly evaluate the condition of your teeth and gums and identify issues that may not be visible to the naked eye. Read on to find out more about why they are performed, and if there are any potential risks that you should be aware of…
Why are dental x-rays performed?
Your dentist is likely to recommend that you have dental x-rays performed on a regular basis when you come in for a routine check-up. While yearly x-rays are usually sufficient, some patients might require them more often, especially if they are at higher risk of problems like tooth decay and gum disease. If you are seeing a new dentist for the first time, they will probably recommend that you have some dental x-rays taken so that they can get a good idea of your overall oral health.
Dental x-rays use very low levels of radiation to take images of your teeth and gums. They allow your dentist to identify problems like cavities, impacted teeth and, in the case of children, issues related to the growth and development of the teeth.
Are there any risks?
Although dental x-rays do use radiation, the levels are extremely low. In fact, dental x-rays are considered safe for both children and adults, and modern digital x-rays use even lower levels of radiation than older methods.
If you are pregnant, it is important that you let your dentist know. Your dentist may recommend that you avoid dental x-rays until after the birth of your baby.
What types of x-rays are used?
There are a few types of dental x-rays that your dentist may recommend. Each type allows your dentist to see a different view of your mouth.
If your dentist recommends a bitewing x-ray, you will need to bite down on some special paper, which will allow your dentist to see how well your teeth align. This technique is often used to identify cavities between the teeth. An occlusal x-ray, on the other hand, is performed with your jaw closed and can be used to see any abnormalities of the palate.
Other common dental x-rays include panoramic, which involves the use of a machine that rotates around the head; and periapical, which looks at two teeth at a time from root to crown.
What can you expect after an x-ray?
Once you have had your dental x-rays performed, your dentist will have a look at them and identify any problems. They will explain any findings to your and let you know if you require treatment. If, for example, your dentist identifies tooth decay in one or more teeth, they will let you know what the best course of action is, depending on the location and severity of the issue. You can then schedule an appointment for the recommended treatment.
How can we help?
At Elite Dental of Staten Island, we encourage all of our patients to come in and see us regularly. This allows us to identify and resolve any issues before they become more complicated. If we identify any issues during a routine check-up, we will explain the findings to you and let you know what your treatment options are. Our team is happy to answer any questions that you have, and will guide you through your treatment from beginning to end.
In between dental visits, we encourage you to commit to a good oral hygiene routine. This includes brushing and flossing your teeth to keep your smile clean and healthy. If you need any advice or information regarding your oral hygiene habits and techniques, please don’t hesitate to our team.
If you would like to arrange an appointment, please give us a call on (718) 370 1200 or get in touch with us.