How to Save Your Time and Money
Not only are dental X-rays safe but they are the key tool for diagnosis. The right and timely diagnosis by your dentist will not only save your time but your money as well!
Dental x rays help in diagnosing your oral health issues with accuracy. They also help in preventing an issue before it becomes a major problem.
An X-ray is a radiation that passes through soft tissues like cheeks and gums and is absorbed by dense tissues like bone and teeth.
There are 2 types of x rays, intraoral and extra oral. Intraoral X rays are taken inside the mouth and an extra oral x-ray is taken outside the mouth. Intraoral X rays are more common and help your dentist in:
- Finding cavities
- Looking at the roots of teeth for root canal
- Checking bone and jaw health
- Identifying the extent of gum disease
- Looking at the growth of developing teeth in younger patients
- Judging overall oral health
Are dental X rays safe?
X rays do have radiation but the level of this radiation is very low. This is considered safe for adults and children. Digital X rays are even safer. At Dr Saqib Minhas and associates you will get the benefit of digital X rays!
There are no serious side effects of dental X rays. The only exception is in pregnant women who are not advised to get an x-ray done unless there is a dental emergency and the proper protocol is followed.
You should get an X-ray every 6 months. This is so that your dentist can catch decay and disease in time before it spreads. Children and teens need more frequent x rays than adults.
A digital X-ray is so safe that a beam is only focused on the part that needs to be in the X-ray. High speed films are used to take X rays. This reduces the amount of radiation to the patient. The patient is often made to wear a lead body apron which protects the body from any stray radiation.