Dental X-Rays and Treatment Plans
Dental X-rays play an important role when determining a patient’s oral health. They provide highly valuable information that is not detectable with the naked eye during routine dental examinations. This can include dental infections, previous dental work, hidden minute dental cavities, bone loss, cysts or abscesses, benign and malignant tumors, decay between teeth, developmental abnormalities, poor tooth and root positions, and many other oral health problems.
Dental X-Rays and Early Detection
With the help of radiographs (dental X-rays), dentists are able to detect hidden dental abnormalities and help customize an effective treatment plan that suits the patient’s needs. Dental X-rays are absorbed by the teeth and bones and radiographs are produced when they strike the film. No one, including you, should go through the tough times of hiding their smile just because of bad teeth. With dental X-rays your dentist can stay on top of your oral health.
Are Dental X-Rays Safe?
When our bodies are exposed to radiation; be it from minerals, the sun, dental x-Rays or appliances, our body tissues are exposed to damage that can lead to the development of life threatening diseases like cancer in some cases. However, the good news is that you are exposed to very small doses of radiation while dental X-rays are being completed.
Advancements in dental technology over the years have led to the development of cutting edge dental imaging devices that emit low levels of radiation. Some of these advancements include limitation of the X-ray beams to the target area only, using lead apron shields, using fast film to minimize the exposure time, and much more. Some dentists have even made the decision of going digital and use digital dental X-rays that reduce the exposure to radiation by over 80%.
How Often Should Dental X-Rays Be Taken?
Studies reveal that most people don’t like going for frequent dental examinations because they want to save the cash they would have used. What they don’t notice is the importance of regular dental examinations in conjunction with X-rays.. These X-rays will help detect and treat dental problems that cannot be noticed during normal dental exams before they escalate and cause discomfort.
Dental X-ray frequency will depend upon factors such as your current oral health condition, your dentist’s preferences, and/or your medical history. Professional dentists recommend they should be taken in six to twelve month increments.
This procedure is strongly recommended for anyone that has a high interest in gaining control of their oral health. With thousands of rave reviews, who wouldn’t want the opportunity to smile again without concern of appearance.