A Little Ray Goes a Long Way
Despite concerns, traditional dental radiographs are a safe and important part of a thorough dental evaluation. By viewing the inside of your teeth and accompanying oral structures,
we can more effectively care for your smile. Concerns over radiation exposure associated with dental X-rays have no solid basis. In fact, the high-speed film we use minimizes
ionizing radiation that is passed along to the patient. The amount of radiation a patient is exposed to is less than that the exposure the natural atmosphere exposes a person
to over about eight weeks.
Why X-Rays are Important
Dental radiographs, or X-rays, provide us with valuable information because with them, we can see what's going on beneath, between, on the surface of under your teeth and gums. We can also
detect problems in existing dental work, as well as receding bone and abscesses. For instance, cavities and gum disease show up as dark areas on white teeth and bone images.
Not only do radiographs help us diagnose dental problems and develop customized treatment plans, but they document your dental health status, establishing a baseline from which
to monitor changes over time.
If you have questions or concerns about X-rays or other dental procedures, please call us or share your concerns with us at your appointment. As your preferred dental care
provider, we want you to be informed and confident in the care you receive in our office.