Dental X-rays (radiographs) are images of your teeth that your dentist uses to evaluate your oral health. These X-rays are used with low levels of radiation to capture images of the interior of your teeth and gums. This can help the dentist to identify problems, like cavities, tooth decay, and impacted teeth.
Depending on your age, health, and insurance coverage, X-rays may be performed every one to two years. Be sure to commit to your appointments and see your dentist sooner if you experience any pain or other changes in your mouth.
Why dental X-rays need to be performed?
If you’re a new patient, you’ll probably undergo dental X-rays so that the dentist can get a clear picture of your dental health.
Factors affecting how often you get dental X-rays may include:
– your age
– your current oral health
– any symptoms of oral disease
– a history of gum disease (gingivitis) or tooth decay
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. If your dentist uses digital X-rays instead of developing them on film, your risks from radiation exposure are even lower. Your dentist will also place a lead “bib” over your chest, abdomen, and pelvic region to prevent any unnecessary radiation exposure to your vital organs.
After dental X-rays
When the images are ready the dentist will review them and check for abnormalities. If the dentist finds problems, such as cavities or tooth decay, they’ll discuss your treatment options. If your dentist finds no problems, keep up the good work!