One essential tool used in dentistry are dental X-rays. An X-ray is used to not only help Dr. Treff diagnose problems, but can aid in preventing serious dental problems. X-rays work by using ionizing radiation in small doses, which is absorbed by the denser parts of the mouth, the teeth, and bones. Modern X-ray machines have drastically improved safety concerns related to X-rays and we recommend X-rays as part of your dental plan to ensure your child’s teeth are developing correctly and we are able to address any signs of concern. X-rays have two different types, intraoral or extraoral. The intraoral X-ray is taken inside the mouth and the extraoral is on the outside of the mouth.
What do X-rays Show?
When we use X-rays as part of regular dental planning, we find we are able to catch a number of small cavities and concerns before they start causing serious oral health problems. Dr. Treff will use X-rays for the following:
- To identify cavities
- To check on the tooth roots
- To examine the bone density of the jaw bone
- To identify and watch the developing permanent teeth
- To determine if periodontal disease is a concern
Keeping Patients Safe With X-rays
X-rays are one of the best tools we have in dentistry to help diagnose and treat numerous oral health problems. However, we do understand there are concerns about the use of X-rays. Our X-rays are safe and we follow all required American Dental Association (ADA) radiation requirements. The use of digital X-rays has drastically decreased the risk of radiation exposure for dental patients. We use a heavy lead apron on our patients to protect the body from radiation as well.
If you have safety concerns about X-rays, please tell our dental team. We want to provide you with the best dental care and always want to address your concerns. We always consider exposure risk with X-rays and follow the latest safety standards and requirements to ensure our patients are safe. We do recommend annual X-rays to help to prevent serious dental problems. Without the use of X-rays, it can be extremely difficult to identify abscesses or cysts, periodontal disease, bone infections, and more.