Why do I need x-rays?
Many people would prefer to avoid dental x-rays because they don’t understand why they are necessary. After all, can’t a dentist see a cavity or cracked tooth when they do the check-up? The answer is that only some dental conditions are visible upon a visual exam and the rest are hidden beneath bone and enamel.
If you think of enamel as a shell, you can imagine that plenty might be going on just beneath the surface, out of sight. Dental x-rays reveal what is happening under the enamel, gums and bone and assist our dentists with diagnosing dental conditions such as:
- Dental decay
- Bone disease
- Cysts and tumours
They also assist in planning procedures such as dental implants, extractions, root canals, crowns and dentures.
Many people are concerned about the radiation emitted by dental x-rays, but compared to other types of imaging, dental x-rays are relatively low in radiation. Because we recommend only the number of x-rays necessary to help prevent oral diseases and to diagnose any developing conditions, you can count on our team to take your safety into account. We also use protective covers to prevent absorption of radiation.
We recommend x-rays as needed and will discuss any concerns with you.