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Dental X-rays are an incredibly useful part of the diagnostic process at a dentist’s office. Before ever conducting an X-ray, your dentist will make sure that the process is safe for you. Dental X-rays are handled with care, and proper safety precautions, such as lead coverings, are always in place. With the help of technological advancements in the field of dentistry, digital dental X-rays emit 90% less radiation than traditional X-rays.

The Purpose of Dental X-Rays

Dental X-rays are essential for diagnosing a variety of dental problems that are invisible to the naked eye. With X-rays, dentists can see:

  • Areas of decay, even those underneath a filling
  • Infections inside the tooth’s root
  • Gum infections
  • Dental fractures
  • Development of permanent teeth
  • Impacted teeth
  • Jawbone loss
  • Abscesses & cysts
  • Tumors

Safety Precautions for X-Rays

A routine dental exam usually consists of four simple bitewing X-rays that produce such a low amount of radiation that they’re safe for both adults and children. However, before we complete any X-rays, we’ll take into account your medical history, any risk factors such as pregnancy, presenting symptoms, and more, to make sure X-rays are safe for you.

Determining if X-Rays Are Necessary

At Rock Ridge Family Dentistry, we won’t conduct dental X-rays unless they’re absolutely necessary. Our dental X-rays are performed on a case-by-case basis. If you’ve had recent X-rays done by your previous dentist, we can get the digital images transferred to our office so you won’t have to receive more X-rays.

While dental X-rays are extremely safe, we understand the desire to limit the amount of radiation you’re exposed to, even if it’s a small amount. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our office to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members.

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