What are Dental X-Rays?
A dental x-ray is a necessary diagnostic tool to help us look further into your oral health. X-rays allow us to see underneath the surface of your teeth. This gives us the ability to detect cavities, bone loss, problem restorations, and impacted teeth. You can expect to have x-rays taken at most of your appointments.
Why are Dental X-Rays needed?
A dental x-ray is needed to help us diagnose and treat certain oral conditions. They use a minimal amount of radiation, and are safe for the majority of our patients. Some of the different issues we can see with an x-ray include:
- Bone loss
- Impacted teeth
- Problematic restorations
“Deena is always great when cleaning my teeth. She is concerned with my comfort zone at all times. Dr. Ghosh is very pleasant and my comfort zone is a concern to her, also. She does not do work on my teeth that is unnecessary.”
Who’s a good candidate for Dental X-Rays?
The majority of individuals coming into our office are good candidates for x-rays. The x-rays are taken comfortably, and they are developed instantly to allow us to immediately get a view below the surface of your teeth. You may need x-rays before a procedure, such as a surgery, to ensure the success of the procedure. In general, you’ll need x-rays at most of your dental appointments.
What happens during the procedure for Dental X-Rays?
We start by draping a lead apron over your body to help protect you by refracting any bouncing radiation. A tiny device is then placed into the mouth, and the x-ray machine is aimed at it. The x-ray is taken, and the device is moved to another area of the mouth. The process is repeated until all x-rays have been taken. We recommend having a complete set of dental x-rays taken every few years so that we can monitor any changes in your oral health. These x-rays are ideal for most patients and are important in diagnosing, and even treating, a variety of dental conditions. You have the right to deny x-rays at any time, but keep in mind that they’re important in keeping up with changes that might be happening just below the surface.
If you think you might need dental x-rays, and want to make an appointment, call our office today and we can help you schedule an appointment.