Is It Harmful to Always Get X-rays When I Go to the Dentist?
How often you receive x-rays at your dentist varies according to your age, risk factors for disease, and signs or symptoms of disease.
Dentists typically rely on new x-rays:
- To see decay in between teeth or under fillings and crowns.
- To assess periodontal(gum) disease.
- To check for an abscess or cyst.
- To assess damage after trauma.
- To evaluate growth and development.
The good news is most traditional film dental x-rays expose you to less radiation than that you would experience riding on an airplane. The better news is that the advent of digital x-rays has decreased the amount of radiation by up to 80% as compared to film dental x-rays!
If your dentist has a Panoramic digital x-ray machine there is even less radiation used than the typical intra-oral digital x-rays!
Other benefits of digital x-rays include:
- The image is sent directly to the computer and viewed right away. (Saving you time at your appointment)
- The image can be enlarged on the computer screen to aid the dentist in diagnosis.
- They are environmentally friendly as they eliminate the need for film or processing chemicals.
- They can be sent electronically to referring dentists or insurance companies speeding up your appointments or claims.
- The images are usually of a much higher quality than those of film x-rays.
If you have more questions about your dental x-rays make sure and talk with your dentist!