Many people are not sure if they should be getting dental x-rays even at the recommendation of their dentist. If you are unclear why you need dental x-rays or are concerned about exposure to radiation here is a little overview to explain why they are important to your overall health and oral care.
The purpose of dental x-rays
Your dentist will perform a thorough check of your teeth at your dental check-ups. However they are unable to see all of the dental issues you might have or what lies below the surface of your teeth and gums. Dental X-rays allow your dentist to look for the following:
∙ Tumours and cysts
∙ Cavities between the teeth
∙ Cavities beneath existing fillings
∙ Periodontal Disease
∙ Jaw bone infections
How often are x-rays required
There are many occasions your dentist will decide to take x-rays. Your first appointment with a new dentist is always an important time to have x-rays as it will provide them with a clear record of your current health. These x-rays will help them identify issues and also provides them with a record to compare against when future x-rays are taken. Initial x-rays also provide a source for your dentist to decide how often you should have x-rays taken. Serious issues will require x-rays more often, usually every six months. These issues would include tooth decay or periodontal disease. If you have healthy teeth and gums then usually every one to two years will be fine unless you have a particular complaint requiring attention.
Dentists are mandated to use radiographic imaging that is designed so that radiation exposure is as low as reasonably achievable. As well your dentist will provide protection using lead aprons and thyroid collars to protect you from radiation. You are always safe because of the extra care taken to keep you protected.
X-rays and pregnancy
If you are pregnant you should tell your dentist so that should you require dental x-rays due to dental disease you and your baby will be safe. Your dentist will only take x-rays if necessary.
If you have any questions about dental x-rays Dr. Corinne Contant at Lakeside Dental is the Stoney Creek dentist to ask. Set-up your initial appointment today at 905-664-0808. New patients are always welcome.
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