Dental x-rays are frequently used during dental visits to allow the dentist to see the full scope of your teeth, including the roots of the teeth, and this allows your dental professional to gain a better perspective of your overall oral health. Dental x-rays are usually performed every six months or more frequently when extensive dental treatment is being considered to account for review and adjust for change.
Reasons for Dental X-rays
There are a number of reasons why your family dentist may ask you to have x-rays done. X-rays can assist in finding new conditions in the mouth that will need treatments, such as cavities, and also help with the maintenance of old treatments, like fillings and root canals for example.
X-rays help to detect cavities, allow for examination of the roots of the teeth, and can show tumors or cysts that have developed in the mouth. They can also show if there is gum disease, a buildup of tartar or a need for implants in the mouth. X-rays can further help your dentist check on fillings, crowns, bridges, or other previous forms of treatment that have already been completed. Many treatments require frequent assessments to confirm all parts are still in place and functioning as they should, and there are no issues.
The Safety of Dental X-rays
Dental x-rays do not pose a threat to most individuals, but the risk is made even smaller with the use of digital imaging. Digital imagining is a new form of dental x-raying that is cleaner, healthier, and faster than traditional x-rays and is the preferred method of dental x-raying in Dr. James R. Anderson’s Kansas City, MO office. At our family dental office, our staff keeps up to date on all dental technology and are dedicated to continuing education and learning in the field of dentistry.
Digital x-rays are truly much more safe than previous forms – this type actually has 80-percent less radiation than the traditional x-rays, making it safe for even pregnant women. The images are created instantly and portrayed directly onto a computer, giving your dentist a more precise look at your teeth, gums, and all of the roots of your teeth.
In addition to dental x-rays, your family dentist may request the use of an intraoral camera. Like x-rays, an intraoral camera can provide an up close and detailed look at the teeth, gums, and mouth with precision and detail that the naked eye would not be able to pick up. And unlike the dental x-ray, an intraoral camera takes a variety of pictures and images for easier assessment and tracking in the future.
An intraoral camera can provide a stronger, more accurate diagnosis for indistinguishable conditions picked up by the dental x-ray.
If you have any additional questions about dental x-rays and why they are necessary at your checkups and other appropriate times, don’t hesitate to contact the family dental office of Dr. James Anderson, DDS in Kansas City, MO.