As part of your dental checkup, you may be recommended to undergo dental X-rays. Getting a dental x-ray can seem like a complex procedure, but it’s really quite simple and can be performed in the dentist’s office. Let’s consider why and how often you need to get X-rays done.
What does a Dental X-ray Show?
Dental X-rays allow your dentist to visualize cavities and areas of demineralization within your tooth as well as abnormalities in the surrounding hard tissue structures.
Different types of dental X-rays show different views of the oral cavity.
- Bitewing X-rays: Using this X-ray your dentist sees how well the crowns of your teeth matchup against each other. They can also show cavities in between your teeth.
- Occlusion X-rays: These X-rays are performed with your jaws closed and show problems with occlusion.
- Periapical X-rays: These X-rays show the condition of the dental roots.
- Panoramic X-rays: These X-rays show wisdom teeth, jaw problems, and may be used when planning dental implants.
How Often Do You Need Dental X-rays?
This will depend on your age, your current oral health status, and history of gum disease or tooth decay. In general, getting X-rays once or twice a year will help identify any cavities or associated oral problems at an early stage when they are easier to treat. They may need to be performed more often if your dentist is tracking the progress of a dental condition or your response to treatment. Children may need to get X-rays more often to determine if their milk teeth need to be pulled out to prevent the permanent teeth from erupting in the wrong position.
Dental X-ray Exposure
When getting a dental X-ray, you are exposed to very low levels of radiation and they are generally considered very safe for both children and adults. The minimal risks of side effects are lowered even further with the use of digital x-rays which are offered at Northpointe Family Dentistry in Lewis Center, OH.
Dental X-ray During Pregnancy
The only time dental X rays are contraindicated is during pregnancy. It is recommended that women who are pregnant avoid all types of radiation.
Dental X-ray - Good or Bad?
As you can see, dental X-rays are a valuable and indispensable evaluation tool used by your dentist and are just as important for good oral health as regular dental cleanings.
Dr. Rupinder Kaur is a highly experienced dentist in Lewis Center, OH with a passion for educating patients about the importance of oral health. She uses state-of-the-art dental procedures and techniques to optimize oral health for all her patients. Her goal is to provide high quality dental care to the community of Lewis Center, Ohio.