X-rays are a vital tool for any dentist to aid in assessing dental health, as many problems that aren’t visible on the surface can be discovered in this way.
Here’s what you need to know about their usefulness and the process involved:
- X-rays can help to diagnose tooth decay, allowing it to be identified early, meaning it can be dealt with before it becomes a real problem.
- X-rays are safe for all ages, as the radiation levels involved are extremely low – the dentist only needs to leave the room to avoid repeat exposure from taking them regularly. Even when pregnant, it’s perfectly fine to have one taken, although it’s often avoided where possible, just as a precaution.
- Different types of x-rays are taken for different suspected conditions, which are decided based on oral health history, an examination of the mouth, age, other risk factors, and any current symptoms.
- X-rays can detect a wide range of other problems, from tooth and bone fractures, to tumours, to infections. They’re also done in preparation for surgery.
More information can be found on the ADA website.
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