Are Dental x-rays necessary?
The short answer to that is “yes” and they’re beneficial if taken in a conservative, appropriate manner. From the time x-rays were first discovered in 1895 until now, they have proven to be an invaluable tool for doctors and dentists alike. As a matter of fact, there isn’t a dentist in the country that will plan or begin treatment without first getting an x-ray of the tooth and neighboring teeth. Why not? Because the x-ray will reveal what underlying disease or infection is present in the bone and around the roots of that tooth. It will also give us other information, like how deep decay has penetrated inside the tooth, whether the tooth has already undergone a root canal or other treatment, etc. This way we can formulate a treatment plan that will be beneficial for the long run.
At Classic Dental Care, we use the latest digital, panoramic and intra-oral technology which emit 80% less radiation then traditional film x-rays.
There are countless periapical infections around teeth, abscesses, jaw tumors, cysts of the sinuses and other destructive bony lesions being discovered with appropriate x-ray images that would otherwise have been left to fester. Of course, catching these problems earlier rather than later is of utmost importance to your health. The phrase “Nip it in the bud” is a strategy that rarely has more importance than in the health care setting.
Are dental x-rays harmful to my health?
According to the American Dental Association’s guidelines “Radiation exposure associated with dentistry represents a minor contribution to the total exposure from all sources, including natural and man-made.” The answer fortunately is no they are not harmful, especially with our newer digital technology here at Classic Dental Care. Our images are clearer and sharper than ever before with 80% less radiation than traditional film and 10% less than first- generation sensors! In fact, the dosing is so low on our new panoramic machine, that it is comparable to what we receive from two days of natural environmental background exposure! Because your health is of utmost important to us, we implement the “ALARA” rule when determining the number and frequency of x-rays. This stands for “As Low As Reasonably Achievable”. This way you can rest assured that you’re in good hands. In addition, because they’re digital files, they’re transportable to your specialist or other doctors without the distortion that occurs with film. See the chart below to compare x-ray effective dosing. And remember to let your doctor know if you’re pregnant in which case we may not take any x-rays at all.