Why do I need to get dental X-rays? That’s a very good question. Those patients who have a gag reflex or just don’t like getting any kind of X-ray due to radiation exposure are the first to ask this question. If that’s you, keep reading.
They Are A Vital Tool For Your Dentist
Dental X-rays allow your dentist to get a clearer picture to evaluate your oral health than by just visually examining your mouth. They can help identify problems like cavities, decay, and impacted teeth.
They are usually performed annually, but that can change due to your age, current oral health, a history of oral disease, or a history of gum disease.
Other reasons for dental X-rays include the following:
- Decay beneath fillings
- Decay between teeth
- Bone loss due to periodontal disease
- Cysts or tumors
- Changes in the bone or root canal due to infections
Any new patient to a practice will need to have an initial set of X-rays unless you have them from a previous dentist. It is a starting off point in your care.
Risks From Dental X-rays
Dental X-rays use low levels of radiation safe for both adults and children as they capture images of the inside of your teeth and gums. It helps Dr. Robinette discover issues before they become more serious.
You will have a lead bib placed over your chest, abdomen, and pelvic area to prevent any radiation from affecting vital organs. Women who are pregnant or think they could be should not have dental X-rays because they can affect the growing fetus.
If your dentist uses digital X-rays instead of film, the risks are even lower.
Improvements in X-ray quality have made dental X-rays even safer. These improvements include limiting the radiation beam to a small area, high-speed X-rays, the use of lead-lined full-body bibs/aprons, and federal laws requiring accuracy and safety checks for the machines.
Your exposure to harmful radiation is minimal while the benefits are immeasurable.
So grin and bear your next X-ray, and show those beautiful teeth knowing you are getting the best dental care from Dr. Robinette in Hickory, NC.
Contact Dr. Robinette at 828-267-0651 if it’s time for you or your family’s next dental appointment.