A regular dental exam only allows us to see the exterior of your teeth. That is why dental radiographs (x-rays) are so valuable. They are an essential, preventative, diagnostic tool needed in order to provide you with the best dental care possible. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to detect hidden dental abnormalities or problems and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without utilizing our x-ray equipment, potential problems with your teeth and gums can easily go unnoticed. Since our x-rays are processed using advanced technology, we’re able to stop your cavities from becoming big problems at the beginning of their reign in your mouth. If you are ready to take control of your dental hygiene, contact Boston Dental today.
Dental x-rays may reveal:
- Abscesses or cysts
- Bone loss
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
- Decay between the teeth
- Developmental abnormalities
- Poor tooth and root positions
- Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line
Save yourself time, money, and unnecessary discomfort by having a dental X-ray to detect and treat these problems early on!
Are dental x-rays safe?
We are all exposed to natural radiation daily in our environment. The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series of x-rays is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources. Dental x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered very safe. Dentists take all of the necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays. These precautions include placing lead apron shields on the body and using digital systems, which require less radiation.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, age consideration, dental exam, signs and symptoms, and risk for a disease. A full mouth series (panoramic and bite-wing x-rays) is recommended for all of our new patients. A panoramic is usually good for 3 years.