Dental x-rays are a safe and effective way to identify oral health issues.
Dental x-rays, also known as radiographs, are used by dentists to examine areas of the teeth that are not visible to the naked eye. With the use of radiographs, your dentist will be able to identify any potential issues, such as tooth decay and cavities. Read on to find out more about dental x-rays, why they are performed and why modern digital radiographs are even safer than traditional film x-rays…
Are there any risks?
Dental radiographs are considered safe for all patients and even children can have x-rays without experiencing any harm. Traditional x-rays do involve small levels of exposed radiation, while the risk of radiation exposure is even less with digital x-rays, making them extremely safe.
Besides the fact that they are safe, digital x-rays are also quick and allow your dentist to analyse the images while you are still in the dentist’s chair. This means that your dentist can identify any potential issues right away, and a treatment plan can be formulated without having to wait.
Why are dental x-rays performed?
Dental x-rays often form part of regular dental check-ups because they help your dentist to identify dental issues like impacted teeth and tooth decay.
If you bring your child in for a check-up, your dentist may recommend x-rays to monitor the growth of their teeth.
As soon as the images of your x-rays are ready — in the case of digital x-rays, this is instant — your dentist will take a look at them and check for any problems. If any issues are identified, your dentist will recommend a treatment plan best suited to your needs.
What kind of dental x-rays are available?
There are several types of dental x-rays available, each of which shows different angles of the mouth. Intraoral x-rays include bitewing x-rays, which are commonly used to identify cavities
between the teeth; occlusal x-rays, which detect issues on the palate or floor of the mouth; panoramic x-rays, which can be used to look at the wisdom teeth or identify jaw problems; and periapical x-rays, which focus on the teeth from root to crown.
Extraoral x-rays, on the other hand, are used to identify issues in areas besides the gums and teeth, such as the jaw.
Your dentist will guide you through the process and address any questions or concerns that you have along the way. If you have questions about any dental issues that are identified or about the treatment that is recommended for you, you should raise them with your dentist who will be happy to provide you with the information that you need.
How can we help?
At Oracare, we offer minimal intervention dentistry, which includes digital radiography to reduce x-ray exposure time. We use the latest dental technology and 3D imaging to produce digital radiograph images that are uploaded to the computer instantly. Digital x-rays require 90 percent less radiation than traditional film x-rays, making them even safer, digital x-rays present virtually no risk at all. If you would like to find out more about digital radiology and 3D imaging at Oracare, please have a look here.
We aim to help our patients to prevent dental issues and preserve natural teeth rather than replace them. Our services include conservative cavity preparations, the use of fissure sealants and preventative resin restorations, and dental check-ups and clean. If you would like to find out more about minimal intervention dentistry at Oracare, please have a look here. If you would like to make an appointment to see us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch here or give us a call on (07) 3286 6914. Our team is passionate about dentistry and aims to deliver top-quality treatments to all of our patients. We look forward to welcoming you to our practice in Cleveland and helping you achieve and maintain a healthy and beautiful smile