When making a diagnostics, a dentist uses a wide variety of tools; among the tools dentist use are: x-rays. With the use of an x-ray, dentist can see hidden dental structures, not visible during examination. If the patient suffers from bone loss, have caries, teeth alignment, broken teeth among other oral discomforts. With the images at their hands; your dentist will provide you treatment options, explain your dental discomfort and tell you how to prevent future problems.
There are several types of x-ray images a dentist could use, each one providing patients several details and benefits:
- This x-ray shows details of the upper and lower back teeth. This x-rays show teeth in one area of the mouth; allowing dentist to check for tooth decay, dental infection and determining the proper fit of a crown.
- This x-ray shows the entire tooth, from the crown to the root and the surrounding bones. With the dimension of the tooth available, your dentist can detect abnormalities on the tooth and its surrounding structures.
- >This x-ray shows the top or bottom area of your mouth, the image helps dentist find extra teeth, teeth in development, jaw fractures and entire arch of teeth in either the lower or upper jaw.
- This x-ray is the most complete of the x-ray, it shows the entire mouth area – all areas are shown: jaws, teeth, nasal areas and jaw joints – all in a single x-ray.
- This x-ray is new generation technology – it can be saved and sent through a computer or phone; making the transportation of these is easier. In addition the images taken provide you detailed measurements of both the length and width of your teeth, providing dentist the details they need to make crowns.
It’s really hard for a dentist to find cavities or to determine if the structure of your teeth is developing correctly if he/she is only using his eyes. If it wasn’t for x-ray, numerous of oral disease wouldn’t be found. However many patients have a concern, are dental x-rays safe?
Are Dental X-Rays Safe?
Overall an x-ray is safe, this dental exam is often required to provide an effective diagnostic and offer patients a proper treatment. If you are a new patient, you might feel discomfort with the use of an x-ray; but keep in mind the following, a dental x-ray is use in adults, pregnant women and even children. In the case of Sani Dental Group; we want you to feel safe, secure and comfortable during your visit. Dental x-rays required very low levels of radiation; patients are exposed to very low levels of radiation, making the risk of potential harmful side effects few, if any.
Also, to reduce the risk of exposure, your dentist has to do the following procedures:
- A lead apron must be used (as long as it does not interfere with the treatment)
- A lead thyroid collar must be used to protect your thyroid glands.
The use of lead apron or a lead collar will protect patients from radiation poison and its side effects. If the patient is pregnant, she should tell her dentist; notifying your dentist will make him take extra care of you.
The steps and procedures mentioned in this post are procedures available in the medical field; however, not all these treatments and procedures are perform at Sani Dental Group. To confirm if this procedure is perform at our dental clinics, please contact us directly.
A visit to the dentist can be hard, whether you are afraid of the diagnostic or the procedure; for this reason many of the affected tend to avoid the dentist. However this shouldn’t be the case, with the new technologies and new procedures available a dentist can effetely treat numerous of oral disease. With the use of dental x-rays, your dentist will not only can see hidden oral problems, but also see teeth structures that are not visible during examination. Sani Dental Group has more than 25 professional, with their own laboratory and follows the ALARA principle. This means that our dental clinics followed the rule: As Low as Reasonable Achievable; meaning that we keep radiation doses as low as possible during our procedures. For additional information contact Sani Dental Group.
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