X-rays, otherwise known as dental radiographs, are a staple of quality dental care. While x-rays bring undeniable advantages when it comes to identifying and diagnosing potential health issues, some may harbor reservations regarding the risks of exposure to radiation. Fortunately, we can ease those concerns and serve as a resource for understanding radiography, so you can feel confident receiving excellent care.
Why Do I Need Dental X-Rays
X-rays are an important tool in the dental community (and medical community at large) as they provide valuable insights that we would not otherwise be able to access with visual inspection alone. Radiographs are not necessary for every appointment or procedure, and we follow the American Dental Association guidelines to determine when they are an appropriate component of your treatment plan. When we do believe they will be of benefit, with the help of x-rays, our team is able to see between, inside, and under your teeth. In doing so, we have the ability to check a variety of important health factors. This includes the presence of cavities, the health of your tooth roots, the bone structure surrounding the tooth, the status of developing teeth, the health of your jaw bone, and many more conditions that we would not otherwise be able to monitor. X-rays are instrumental when there is a known issue; with them, we are better able to understand the full scope of the situation and design an appropriate treatment plan for the beauty and health of your smile.
Radiation Exposure from X-Rays
Radiography technology has come a long way, and your exposure to radiation is negligible amounts in terms of risk – in fact, the risk you assume by forgoing x-rays can create long-term damage that could otherwise have been identified and treated. We understand some patients have concerns about radiation exposure, and it’s important to understand we are all consistently exposed to radiation each and every day. It’s high levels of exposure that are the true cause for concern. Furthermore for the last 12 years, our office is proud to serve our patients using digital x-rays, an even more modernized technology – they use 80% less radiation than traditional versions! Our x-ray machines operate on a micro-scale that simply don’t compare to levels that warrant concern. We assure you receiving x-rays is one of the single most beneficial processes capable of saving your health by identifying small problems before they progress into serious conditions.
If you have any unaddressed concerns, in regards to x-rays or other dental procedures, our knowledgeable staff is happy to share answers with you. We want you to feel relaxed in our office, and confident that you are receiving the best care possible!
Coastal Connecticut Dentistry
112 Cross Road
Waterford, CT 06385