Why Does Your Dentist Take X-Rays?

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Why Does Your Dentist Take X-Rays?

Ever wondered why your dentist has taken x-rays or thought that they aren’t needed? They are beneficial for several reasons and here’s why:

Dental x-rays are very useful because they can show your dentist any problems that can’t be seen by the naked eye. Even when things appear healthy on the surface there can be problems lurking underneath such as decay, bone loss or teeth which are still under your gums (for example wisdom teeth). X-rays are also a great tool when treating gum disease.

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Based on what shows up on your x-rays your dentist will form a plan of action…depending on what they show this might just mean monitoring your teeth. They will keep an eye the findings to check if it resolves itself or monitor for deterioration, which will possibly lead to treatment. Alternatively your dentist may give you the option of immediate treatment, as early intervention can reduce the severity of the problem in the long-term.

We use digital x-rays in our practice for two reasons – firstly they use a lower dose of radiation which is better for our patients. They are also immediately available to be seen (you don’t have to process them in solutions and wait for them to develop) which is better for you and the environment. Also the dentist can discuss any findings then and there. No need for a return visit!

Basically X-rays give your dentist more knowledge to treat you effectively and are beneficial to avoid future dental issues – they are a necessary part of any thorough dental care and we only take them when necessary. The dose of radiation for dental digital x-rays is equivalent to the additional background radiation you would receive on a 1 hour flight. Why do you get more radiation exposure when you fly? Well the sun’s rays are not so filtered by the atmosphere on a plane at 30,000 feet rather than at sea level.

Of course, as always, we are always willing to discuss your care with you, so never be afraid to ask questions! Get in touch with us on 01406 364600 for more information.

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