Dental x-rays are fast and pain-free screenings that are performed in our office at the beginning of almost every annual dental visit. You may receive bitewing x-rays that focus on individualized areas of the mouth including the back teeth as well as the front teeth. Often panoramic x-rays are also recommended to offer a complete view of the jaw and underlying tissues of the mouth.
Dental x-rays are the most important tool your dentist has for determining if tooth decay or other oral disease is present below the surface. Despite the safety and necessity of x-rays, some patients are concerned about the level of radiation that is involved in receiving a dental x-ray each year.
Dental x-rays deliver extremely low doses of radiation and are unlikely to cause any trouble for your health – even after annual use. If you have certain medical conditions or are pregnant your dentist will likely recommend skipping dental x-rays during certain visits.
If you have questions about dental x-rays, don’t let your concerns prevent you from receiving much needed dental care. Contact us for more information and answers to your questions today.