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Dental X-Rays FAQ Part I

When we imagine going to the dentist, we typically think about exams where our oral hygiene team checks out the teeth and gums. However, while most of this can be done without any serious equipment, there are still areas of the teeth that your dentist can’t see without some additional help.

In some cases, your dentist may request that you get dental x-rays. While this may sound serious, dental x-rays are a common part of ensuring your teeth and gums are happy and healthy. They can be a great part of preventing serious oral issues and developing a care plan that keeps your smile healthy.

Let’s take a look at some frequently asked questions many patients have about dental x-rays.

Why Do You Need Dental X-Rays?

Your dentist may request dental x-rays for a variety of reasons. However, dental x-rays are typically used to look at the roots of teeth or to identify cavities. Dental x-rays may also help your dentist determine if you have periodontal disease or if there is any damage to the boney area surrounding your teeth.

Dental x-rays may also be requested by your dentist to check the status of developing teeth. Dental x-rays are commonly requested to take a look at how wisdom teeth are developing.

Dr. Anderson will always be happy to explain the purpose behind your dental x-rays, as well as give you a clear explanation of what he and his team will be looking for in the images.

Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

Many patients wonder about the potential side effects of x-rays. Because x-rays expose you to radiation, some people do have safety concerns. However, dental x-rays are safe for most patients. As with any exposure to radiation, you want to keep it as limited as possible.

If you have additional questions about the safety of dental x-rays, feel free to contact Dr. Anderson’s office. As a trusted Kansas City, MO cosmetic dentist, Dr. Anderson can help you with any oral hygiene matter you may have. If you’re ready to schedule an appointment, give our office a call at 816.454.3336.

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