X-rays allow us to get a good view of the condition of your teeth and gums, and is one of the requirements of an initial dental visit. It allows us to detect dental problems and treat them early, which will help you save time, discomfort and pain, money and possibly even your teeth.
Conventional X-rays have been around for over a hundred years, and use radiation to expose film, which the dentist can then analyze. Digital X-rays replaces the film with an electronic sensor, which captures and stores the digital image on a computer. The dentist can then view and enlarge the image on her computer to more easily detect issues with her patient’s teeth. Besides this advantage, digital X-rays also reduce the radiation exposure that a patient experiences using a conventional X-ray by 80-90%.
Are X-rays safe? The amount of radiation exposure that patients experience during a full mouth series of X-rays is the same amount that a person is exposed to from natural sources in an average day. In addition to that, dentists limit the patient’s exposure to the radiation by using lead shields to protect your body and in the case of conventional X-rays, by using modern film that reduces that amount of radiation required to expose the film.