Radiographs help in diagnosis, and can also be preventative, by helping a dentist diagnose potential issues in a patient’s mouth before they become a major problem.
X-rays are divided into two main categories, intraoral and extraoral.
An Intraoral X-ray is taken inside the mouth. An extraoral X-ray is taken outside of the mouth.
Reasons for X-rays:
To find cavities
Check on previous root canal treatments
Determine how many teeth are present in the mouth
See the status of developing teeth for kids
Determine if unerupted teeth are missing or impacted
Check the health of the bone
We have the most up to date Digital X-ray Equipment, including Orthopantomograph (OPG), Lateral Cephalometric (for Orthodontics) and a Digital Sensor to allow us to scan all your teeth and surrounding tissues.
We also have Intraoral Digital Cameras to help show the patients cavities or improper brushing while sitting on the chair.
Are dental x-rays safe?
While dental x-rays do involve radiation, the exposed levels are so low that they’re considered safe for children and adults.
Protective equipment like lead body aprons keep you safe during the procedure.
Pregnancy is an exception to the rule. Always make sure to inform your dentist that you are or may be pregnant before attempting to take an x-ray.