Dental x-rays are a safe and extremely helpful tool for monitoring your oral health. Recommended for both children and adults, x-rays can reveal hidden problems within your teeth and below your gum line that simply can’t be seen by the naked eye. Without digital dental x-rays, many problems that could be easily treated if caught early can become major issues. When you visit Brite Clean Smiles for a cleaning and checkup, your x-rays will be a routine part of your examination.
Before your appointment is over, your x-rays will be uploaded to a computer and looked over by one of our dentists. Your dentist will examine the x-ray thoroughly, looking for any potential problems. Issues that can crop up on an x-ray include unseen decay between the teeth, within the teeth, under crowns and fillings, as well as below the gum line. Cysts at the root end as well as tumors can also be seen only on digital X-rays
Digital X-rays maps your treatment
The information gathered from your dental x-rays can be extremely helpful in treating oral problems before they become major concerns. For example, if a small tumor shows up on x-ray, your dentist can examine the tumor and determine whether it may be a sign of oral cancer or whether it is simply a benign growth. Likewise, if your x-ray reveals that your wisdom teeth are impacted — meaning there is not enough space for them to erupt naturally in your mouth without causing crowding or other problems — one of our dentists may recommend having your wisdom teeth removed.
Without regular x-rays you may develop serious problems in your jaw or below your gum line that could lead to periodontal disease, tooth loss, or any number of other major dental health problems.
Are Digital X-rays Safe?
Thanks to modern medical technology, dental x-ray machines are extremely safe, add to that the new digital sensors that capture the image rather than old fashion film and you get 75-90 % less radiation exposure than the old days. The amount of radiation that you’d be exposed to during dental x-rays is less than you’d be exposed to on an airplane flight from Los Angeles to New York. This minimal amount of exposure poses far fewer risks than not receiving regular dental x-rays. To arrange a time to have your dental x-rays taken and examined, make your appointment by calling 949-777-1005.