Dental x-ray pictures are consistently an important part of dental exams. Some clients are concerned about the effects of x-ray radiation on their wellness. Be assured that continuing technology improvements safely minimize the amount of radiation exposure required with dental x-rays.
Dental X-Ray Safety
First, the essential x-ray components are shielded so that individual exposure is minimized to just the amount essential for pictures of your teeth and jaw. Second, your internals are covered with a lead shield as a precaution to additionally minimize radiation exposure. Finally, your usual exposure in a dental x-ray is considerably less than the radiation you experience with other medical x-rays or even from natural doses found on planet Earth. Walking in the sun each day actually provides you with a larger radiation dosage than a sole dental x-ray. It would take thousands of dental x-rays in a single year before a patient might possibly experience any negative effects. Of course, the Case Dental Group doesn’t give any client that many x-rays.
X-rays are very important for our Elk Grove dentists as they let them point out any of the following conditions:
- undiagnosed decay between teeth;
- bone loss due to periodontitis or other causes;
- abscesses, tumors or cysts;
- growth problems;
- impacted teeth (especially wisdom teeth).
Types of X-ray Imaging
Dentist associations advise yearly bitewing x-ray pictures at a minimum (so-called because you “bite” the tool applied to create the image). These let your Elk Grove dentist see the situation of your crowns and the quality of bone between the teeth.
Full-set x-rays of the entire oral cavity are suggested every three to five years, giving a thorough view of every tooth in comparison to the bone and neighboring teeth.
Periapical x-rays take pictures of one tooth. This is often done if a client complains of a toothache, enabling our Elk Grove dentist to consider that tooth especially.
A panoramic x-ray of your teeth and jaw, referred to as a Panorex, is taken without the client holding anything in their mouth. Both the upper and lower jaw are imaged together with one image. This kind of image is often taken if treatment is necessary for impacted teeth or to examine other suspected problems below the gums.
As part of our Elk Grove dentistry practice, we only recommend x-rays necessary to ensure your oral wellness and safety. Every precaution and advancement available for your wellness is considered and applied by the Case Dental Group. The diagnostic and preventative advantages are well worth the employ of this time-honored medical tool.