Dental X Rays allow Dentists and dental hygienists to look at what is going on beneath the surface of the teeth in a way that they cannot do when they're examining them from the outside. Dentists use this information to detect hidden dental issues and, in the event that there are issues, create and implement a treatment plan. Ultimately, these routine x-rays save you time, money, pain from dental disease, and ensure your ongoing oral health.
Different patient's X-Ray needs reflect their dental health needs. The hygienist and Dentist will evaluate your dental and medical history and consider your symptoms, your age, and your disease risk. New patients should recieve dental x-rays to serve as a starting point for the Dentist. He will utilize the information to build your dental history and keep an eye on your health for years to come. A few X-rays, called Bite-wing X-Rays (these are x-rays that show the top and bottom teeth biting together) are recommended once or twice a year.
Here's a partial list of Issues that Dental X-rays Reveal:
Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
Abscesses or cysts.
Decay between the teeth.
Poor tooth and root positions.
Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
Some individuals are concerned with the radiation that a person is exposed to during X-Rays. Throughout day-to-day life, every individual is exposed to natural radiation. A full mouth series of X-Rays equals the amount of radiation that a person experiences during a single day.
Even with the low level of radiation exposure, Dentists take precautions to limit that exposure as much as possible. Patients wear a lead apron during the X-Rays to protect the body from radiation. The X-Rays are also taken very quickly to minimize exposure. Ultimately, the benefits of dental X-Rays far exceeds the risk that that the radiation poses.
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