Are dental X-rays safe?
Are dental x-rays safe? – Just like every medical procedure, dental x-rays have pros and cons. However, the amount of radiation exposure makes the risks of potentially harmful effects very small. Making dental x-rays a safe and in some cases vital procedure.
WHAT ARE DENTAL X-RAYS
Dental x-rays a 2D images used with low levels of radiation to capture images of the interior of your teeth and gums. This can help the dentist identify any oral health problems, for instance:
- Small areas of decay between teeth
- Decay beneath fillings
- Cysts and other types of tumors
- Bone loss in the jaw
- Position of the teeth
There are two types of dental x-rays, film and digital.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENT BETWEEN FILM AND DIGITAL X-RAY
- You need less radiation with a digital x-ray to produce the same quality of image
- Digital x -rays can store the images onto a computer
- Offers 256 shades of grey
We are very fortunate to have this x-ray machine on site, here at Smiles Centre. Not all dental practices do, so make sure your check prior if this is the x-ray method you’d prefer.
- Difficult to store and retrieve images as the film degrade over time
- Uses higher radiation (Still a very low, safe amount)
DENTAL X-RAY PROS
All of the listed above are massive pros to having a dental x-ray. X-rays help with early detection of an infection/problems and can limit or prevent further issues.
DENTAL X-RAY CONS
Like any use of radiation, dental x-rays can promote a small increased risk of cancer in the future. However the chances of this is minimal – ‘ Are dental x-rays safe?’ making this question a simple yes, dental x-rays are a safe, positive procedure.
WHAT DOES DENTAL X-RAYS INVOLVE?
The great thing about both types of x-rays is that the machine does all the work. All you have to do as the patient is sit in the chair. Dental x-rays are simple, painless with minimal risk.