Discover the Facts About Dental X-Rays

Jul 9, 2013

When you visit your dentist for a regular check-up you might ask yourself why you sometimes need to get an x-ray. After all, when you visit a physician they only take x-rays when something pretty serious has happened to you such as damage to a bone. Well, dental x-rays (also known as radiographs) are one of the most powerful and useful tools at the disposal of dentists in order to help treat and prevent potential problems with your tooth. Below we’ve listed some facts about dental x-rays:

  • A Preventative Measure — Dental x-rays are great tools for dentists because they give information that’s not always evident to the naked eye of dentists regarding a patient’s oral health. For example:

    • Detection of Poor Root Position

    • Early Signs of Tooth Decay

    • Cancerous/Benign Tumors

    • Abscesses That Could Cause Pain

             Because of this, x-rays provide dentists with crucial information regarding the health of a patient.

  • Variation in X-Ray Frequency — How often you receive an x-ray is dependent on a large number of factors including oral health, age, pre-existing dental conditions, etc. For example, children — whose teeth are still in their developmental stages and are constantly growing in and replacing themselves- may require more frequent x-rays than a middle-aged adult. Likewise, if you’re a new patient to a dental office, chances are that you’ll need to receive an x-ray to establish a baseline with your new dentist.

  • X-Rays are Very Safe — Many people fear the negative side effects that x-rays may hold, but x-ray technology and safety has progressed far from its days of infancy. Dental x-rays are relatively quick and produce a relatively low level of radiation. Additionally, dental staff will ensure you are protected with a lead apron prior to x-ray exposure. Regardless, if you’re pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant, you should still inform your dentist prior to any x-rays being performed.

If you have any additional questions or concerns regarding treatment with x-rays, or would like to schedule an appointment,  you can contact Noble Smile Family & Dentistry to speak with our staff.