Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

Dentist shows patient her dental X-rays

If you’ve been to our office recently, you’ve probably had dental X-rays taken as a part of your regular exam. X-rays are an important tool in Dr. Laird’s arsenal as they allow her to diagnose and treat problems that may not be visible to the naked eye. Many of our patients have questions about how we use X-rays and whether or not they’re safe, so we want to talk a little more about the importance of dental X-rays.

Are They Safe?

While dental X-rays do expose your body to radiation, the dose is extremely low and concentrated on a small area of your body. In fact, the radiation from a dental X-ray is about the same as the radiation you are exposed to during one or two hours on an airplane. Our highly trained staff knows how to keep you safe and protect you during this procedure.

Why Do We Use Dental X-Rays?

As we mentioned above, dental X-rays allow Dr. Laird to see and diagnose issues that are invisible to the naked eye. For example, X-rays can reveal bone loss, abscesses, tumors, and hidden decay. Early detection and treatment are extremely important for these conditions.

What Are the Different Kinds of Dental X-Rays?

There are different types of X-rays that Dr. Laird may take, depending on your needs. Bite-wing X-rays are very common and allow her to see the crowns on your back teeth and spot any potential decay. Periapical X-rays focus on only a few teeth at a time, but show the entire length of the tooth from root to crown. Panoramic X-rays show the entire mouth on a single X-ray and are great for spotting any alignment problems.

We hope this information has helped you learn that dental X-rays are a safe and effective dental tool. If you have any additional questions or concerns for our team, or you want to schedule your next appointment, contact our office today.

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