What are Dental X-rays?
A dental x-ray is a type of radiographic image that gives us a clear view of your dental health. You can think of your teeth and gums as the tip of the iceberg. In order to see the entire picture, we need to know what’s going on below the surface. X-rays are safe and can be an essential part of your dental care and treatment in our office.
Why are Dental X-rays needed?
X-rays are often necessary for a variety of reasons. The amount of radiation we use to produce these images is minimal, so they are safe for the majority of people having them done. Some reasons you’d need x-rays include:
- Prior to surgeries
- Before or during a root canal
- At your checkup visits
- A full set every few years
- During emergency appointments
- Prior to orthodontic treatment
Who is a candidate for Dental X-rays?
The technology that is used to take x-rays is incredibly advanced. Only a minuscule amount of radiation is used while x-rays are being taken. This makes them safe for most people coming into our office. Obviously, we will go over your medical and health history before taking any x-ray to ensure it’s a safe option for you.
What happens during the Dental X-ray process?
The process will begin with our trained assistants placing a lead apron over your body. This is there to protect you from the radiation being used. You will then have a small appliance placed in the mouth. The x-ray machine is angled at this machine and the image is taken. This process will be repeated at different angles in the mouth until all x-rays are taken. You can expect the x-ray process to be quick, easy and comfortable for you and your loved ones.
If you need more information regarding x-rays and want to come in to have them taken, call us today to schedule an appointment with our staff members. Our in-office discount plan, low wait times and high-quality amenities (including a snack and beverage bar) will improve your time in our practice.