What are Dental X-Rays?
Dental x-rays, sometimes referred to as radiographs, are important diagnostic tools that help us see underlying bone and tooth structure. X-rays are taken at most bi-annual checkup appointments and a complete set is required every couple of years. You may need x-rays at emergency appointments, while having a root canal done and for other complicate procedures like oral surgery. The x-rays we use in-office utilize a minimal amount of radiation so that they are completely safe.
Why are Dental X-Rays necessary?
Dental x-rays should be taken at more of your dental appointments. Even if there is not a profound problem, these images allow us to see issues that may become larger if they go untreated. Likewise, we may recommend x-rays before surgery or other complicated procedures. Emergency appointments almost always require x-rays because we need to identify the underlying problem causing your pain or discomfort.
What makes you a viable candidate for Dental X-Rays?
X-rays can be safely taken on patients of all ages because of the low amount of radiation used. However, before having x-rays taken, we will go over your health and medical history with you. You will have a lead apron draped over your body to protect you from any radiation during the procedure. The benefits of having x-rays taken regularly are apparent in keeping your smile healthy and bright.
What happens when you have Dental X-Rays taken?
You will be greeted by one of our friendly staff members and seated comfortably in our office. We will begin by positioning a small device inside of the mouth and a larger machine is angled towards this device. The x-ray is taken and the image will develop immediately on our computer screens. Once the x-rays have been taken, our doctor will examine them to check for any problems. Your x-rays will be compared at future appointments so that we can diagnose and monitor certain conditions.
If you are ready to come into our office for dental x-rays, call us today and we will schedule a convenient appointment for you and your loved ones.