Are dental x-rays safe?

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
  • Abscesses

There are two types of dental x-rays, film and digital.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENT BETWEEN FILM AND DIGITAL X-RAY

DIGITAL 

  • 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
Digital x-ray machine
Digital x-ray machine

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.

FILM

  • Difficult to store and retrieve images as the film degrade over time
  • Uses higher radiation (Still a very low, safe amount)
film x-ray
Film x-ray

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.

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