What are Dental X-rays?
A dental x-ray is a diagnostic tool that helps us to see below the surface of your teeth and gums. X-ray technology in the dental office uses a small amount of radiation to help create these high-definition images. The x-ray itself allows us to find hard-to-spot decay, abscesses, infections, breaks, cracks and other issues that would otherwise go unnoticed with a regular examination. X-rays are a critical part of both your preventative and corrective care in our office.
Why are Dental X-rays needed?
There are many reasons why you may need to have x-rays taken. It is important to remember that we use the very latest technology available in dental x-ray processing, so they are safe and effective for all patients. Some reasons you’d need x-rays include:
- Checkup appointments
- Prior to oral surgery
- During emergency appointments
- Before or during a root canal
- Prior to orthodontic treatment
Who is a candidate for Dental X-rays?
Most patients are good candidates for dental x-rays because of the safe technology used to take these images. In fact, we recommend having a full set of x-rays taken every few years or if you’re a new patient who does not have their old x-rays. These images give us a clear view of what’s happening just below the surface. This helps us to provide you and your loved ones with more optimized care.
What happens during the Dental X-ray process?
The dental x-ray process is quick, easy and incredibly beneficial to your oral health. We begin by seating you comfortably in one of our examination rooms. A lead vest is draped over your body to protect you from the radiation being used. A tiny device is placed strategically inside of the mouth and the x-ray machine is aimed at this device. The image is taken and the process is repeated for any other teeth inside of the mouth. You can expect to have x-rays taken at the vast majority of your appointments.
If you would like to come into the office for new dental x-rays, call us today to schedule an appointment with one of our staff members.