Concern over needless radiation exposure is still a big issue. It’s bigger still where kids are concerned. As a parent, you don’t want your child exposed to x-rays any more often than is absolutely necessary.
The occasional dental x-ray may not look like a necessary radiation exposure, but regular x-rays are an important part of your child’s dental health. Here’s why.
Dental X-Rays Track Tooth Development
One of the most important reasons for taking x-rays of children’s teeth is to see how they’re coming in. Dental x-rays can show whether any adult teeth are stuck, impacted, congenitally missing, or just to confirm that everything is proceeding according to schedule.
Dental X-Rays Reveal Decay in Areas the Dentist Can’t See
Dentists have keen eyes trained to identify even tiny patches of softened enamel that are starting to decay. But they can’t pick up on cavities that develop on the sides of two teeth that touch. Only x-rays can confirm the health of teeth in those spots that no one can see.
X-rays are also essential for diagnosing other kinds of potentially dangerous growths and infections such as tumors, cysts, and abscesses.
Dental X-Rays Help the Dentist Plan Safe and Effective Treatment
If your child ever does need dental treatment, then you want the peace of mind that comes with knowing the dentist is prepared to do a careful job. Well, without taking x-rays before treatment, the dentist may as well be working blindfolded. X-rays provide a picture of the tooth that help the dentist determine how far down they need to reach within the tooth.
Communicate with your child’s dentist about the necessity of dental x-rays in your child’s unique case.
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Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
The subject of x-rays may be a point of disagreement between you and your dentist. Why can’t the dentist just respect your wishes to avoid x-rays?
Dental professionals support patient’s rights to refuse and accept treatment. Your dentist can’t force you to have x-rays.
But your dentist also has an obligation to make sure your choice is an informed one. That way, you can better compare the pros and cons before making a decision.
Yearly X-Rays Are Essential
Your teeth can change a lot in a year. Cavities, gum disease, abscesses, wisdom teeth, and oral cancer can all cause gradual changes to your mouth over the course of several months. By taking at least a minimal set of dental x-rays every year your dentist can get a clear picture of where your oral health is at (especially the areas not visible to the naked eye!)
Stay Updated on Full X-Ray Sets
You may need a new complete set of x-rays any time you change dental offices. This is because your new dentist needs the most current picture of your entire mouth in order to start you off on the proper course of treatment and establish a baseline reading of your oral health. A full set of x-rays should be updated every three to five years or so.
In addition to your routine x-rays, your dentist might advise the occasional image or two to track a specific problem such as a sensitive dental crown or old root canal.
Rest assured, your dentist does not want to expose you to any more radiation than necessary. The recommended x-ray schedule is the bare minimum necessary to provide you with the best dental care.
Contact your dentist to learn more about the importance of x-ray imaging in dentistry.
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Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
Tempted to pass on your routine x-rays at every dental visit?
You aren’t too keen on the idea of being exposed to extra radiation. But getting at least a few x-ray images of your teeth at your dentist’s recommendation is essential to a healthy mouth.
Dentists are blind without x-rays – You’d never get a 100% accurate diagnosis or treatment plan if your dentist had to do so without x-rays. These images are the only way to look into teeth and bone without physically opening them up.
X-rays detect problems early on – When do you want to be diagnosed with a cavity: when your tooth has a painful raging abscess in need of a root canal? Or when the decay is a tiny spot in need of a little filling?
Your next dental procedure will be safer thanks to x-rays – You can’t dig a well without first checking to make sure there’s water . . . and no electrical lines. Similarly, a dentist can’t safely drill without knowing what’s going on underneath tooth enamel.
X-rays are the best way to track development – No one can know whether adult teeth are present or where they are until they show up. But at that point, it could be too late. X-rays are vital in getting to know how a child’s smile is developing and help dentists decide when to intervene to stop a problem.
If you’re concerned about how often x-rays are taken, discuss it with your dentist. Some people are at high risk for things like decay, bone loss, or cancer. They may need more frequent x-rays to check for signs of a problem.
Schedule your next dental check-up soon, whether or not it includes x-rays!
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Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
Taking x-rays usually involves placing a bulky plastic contraption in your mouth that makes you feel queasy. So anytime the dentist says it’s time for x-rays, it’s no wonder you shudder in dread.
But x-ray technology is actually a cornerstone of high-standard dental care. Your mouth is a very small place to work in, and there’s no way to safely see what’s going on inside individual teeth. So far, x-rays are the only way to get a close-up and clear picture of teeth and surrounding bone.
Here are some ways x-rays prove to be such important tools for your dentist.
X-rays will help your dentist detect the following long before you may notice:
Regularly checking your teeth for signs of trouble will help your dentist make an early diagnosis and start treatment, if needed. The sooner you find out about any of these sneaky problems, the cheaper, faster, and more conservative your treatment is likely to be.
You can’t dig a foundation for a new home without knowing what’s in the ground underneath. Likewise, your dentist can’t drill-and-fill blindfolded. Without x-rays, that’s exactly what he or she would be doing!
An x-ray or two would help your dentist get an idea of what’s going on inside your mouth before placing a filling, crown, or dental implant.
Periodic x-rays for kids reveal the position of adult teeth before they arrive. This way, you can plan ahead for your child’s orthodontic needs.
Talk with your dentist for more information on x-ray necessity and safety.
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Dental Care Center At Kennestone
129 Marble Mill Rd NW
Marietta, GA 30060
You’re used to getting x-rays at least once a year along with a typical dental cleaning. But then one day, almost out of the blue, your dentist tells you that you need a panoramic x-ray.
How is that different?
Panoramic x-rays (often called “panos” or “pans,” for short) take a large image that captures bones from ear-to-ear and from nose to throat. Exactly what ends up in your pan may depend on your unique anatomy.
A Wider Viewpoint
A panoramic captures things that can’t be seen in other digital dental x-rays. This is because a classic x-ray beam is aimed directly at teeth in one direction. The result is a flat two-dimensional picture with distinct contrast.
Regular x-rays are ideal for spotting stuff going on around individual teeth like decay, bone loss, and abscesses. But a pano comes in handy when there’s suspicious activity in your jaw, neck, or sinuses. These areas don’t show up on your routine dental x-rays.
Your dentist may require patients to have a routine panoramic x-ray taken every several years simply to check for abnormalities, even if you don’t feel like anything’s wrong.
Other reasons for taking a pano include:
Aside from detecting a serious disease, a panoramic x-ray could be crucial to making your next dental treatment a success.
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Gordon Dental of Leawood
11401 Nall Ave #102
Leawood, KS 66211
X-rays work based on the fact that body tissues absorb the energy in different ways. X-rays easily pass through skin and muscle, but teeth and bone show up because they are much harder.
This makes x-rays extremely useful in dentistry. Dental patients of all ages need x-rays from time to time.
But given the fact that radiation poses the risk of cancer, are x-rays really safe for kids?
Why Your Dentist Needs X-Rays
Why take this risk at all?
X-rays help out by:
Without x-rays, your dentist may as well work on your child’s teeth blindfolded.
Precautions Are a Must!
Kids are given the lowest and most infrequent doses of x-rays possible. They are also required to wear a heavy lead apron with a collar to protect their bodies from unnecessary exposure.
How Often Are X-Rays Necessary?
As long as x-ray exposure is kept to a minimum, then routine x-rays pose no harm. The small risk is outweighed by the massive benefits that x-rays provide.
The smaller the body, the lower the exposure should be. Your dentist may wait to take x-rays on your child until:
After that, your dentist may want to take x-rays every 1 or 2 years to watch for cavities. Office policies differ, so check with your dentist on the standards and procedures in your local dental office.
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Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
X-rays have been an integral part of the dental appointment for many years. But for almost as long their use in dentistry has been hotly debated. A lot of folks feel that x-rays are unnecessary.
X-Rays: Worth the Risk?
X-rays are a two-edged sword. This technology allows you and your dentist a glimpse into your dental health that would be impossible, otherwise. Controlled doses of radiation will help you detect and treat problems before they get out of control.
How Much Radiation Exposure Should You Have?
Radiation is encountered in many everyday situations. It comes from the sun and we are exposed to traces of it in the soil and in household appliances – or even riding in an airplane. You don’t get much more radiation from routine dental x-rays. But large cumulative doses could lead to problems like cancer.
That’s why it’s so important to limit how much radiation you are exposed to when you have the choice.
Dental x-rays are necessary for diagnosing problems in the mouth. How many x-rays you have, though, should be kept to as few as possible. Each machine has adjustable settings according to a person’s size.
A few safety precautions help your dental team limit the amount of radiation you receive from x-rays:
Call your local dental office to find out their x-ray protocol. Ask about the steps they take to protect the patient from unnecessary radiation. Get the facts in advance because your next dental appointment may very likely include x-rays!
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Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
Dental X-rays are needed during your routine exams. They allow your dentist can look for cavities between your teeth, underneath fillings and to check for bone loss around the teeth. Some x-rays can detect cysts, tumors, or other problems in your jawbone. Your dentist is unable to see those areas just by looking in your mouth. Since these images are needed to check areas, how often should you have them taken?
Depending on your dental and medical history, the frequency of having x-rays taken, can vary. Some people need to take dental x-rays every 6 months; especially they have a dental history of gum disease and frequent cavities. Other people may only need to take dental x-rays taken every 2-3 years, since they see their dentist regularly, and have no recent history of gum disease or cavities.
In any case, most dentists will want to take dental x-rays on your first dental exam at their office. They will use these initial x-rays to have as a baseline to compare future x-rays or exam findings to. Children and teenagers will have a different frequency from adults. Younger patients need x-rays taken to check for cavities, since their teeth decay very quickly. It also allows your dentist to determine whether there is enough room for permanent teeth to come in, and to check the development or positioning of their wisdom teeth.
Have you been in to see your dentist recently? If so, did you have dental x-rays taken? If it has been a while since you have had a dental checkup and a cleaning, call your dentist to schedule a checkup visit today!
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Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
Although many people find them inconvenient, x-rays are essential to effective dental care. There are several reasons to consider why your dentist may need to take x-rays:
To Check for Cavities
X-rays serve the purpose of highlighting areas of the teeth that have lower density because of decay. Some cavities can be found on the tops of the chewing surfaces during a clinical exam, but other areas of decay start between teeth can only be seen through radiographic imaging. X-rays can also tell your dentist how deep a actually cavity is.
To Monitor Bone Health.
The bone structure that supports your teeth can become compromised from oral disease such as periodontitis
or Or, it could even show signs of systemic conditions like osteoporosis. X-rays show us the amount of healthy bone that is present, so we can determine if preventive therapy is necessary.
To Plan for Treatments
Whether planning to extract a tooth or to place an implant, your dentist needs to know what is going on below the gums. It would be dangerous to begin an operation without being familiar with the anatomy of the jaw. X-rays can reveal the shape and amount of bone and the location of nerves and sinuses.
To Screen for Abnormalities
X-rays that captures areas around the roots of the teeth and even the entire jaw (such as in a panoramic image) can show if there is an abscess or some abnormal growth that requires further examination. Even potentially life-threatening tumors and other cancerous growths have been first located on routine x-rays.
Clearly, x-ray technology is an invaluable tool that allows us to make well-informed care recommendations specific to your needs. Visit your dentist for a comprehensive oral examination including the necessary x-rays.
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Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
Dental patients are sometimes bothered by the inconvenience or cost of dental x-rays. Why are x-rays needed every year? Are they really necessary? Considering these four reasons that x-rays are vital may help you to appreciate the way they benefit your health.
X-rays allow us to see in-between your teeth.
While your dentist will detect problems on the front or chewing surfaces of teeth, decay that has developed in-between teeth cannot be seen. X-rays reveal changes in the density of tooth structure. Some changes reveal a pattern indicative of decay.
X-rays can detect early signs of serious disease.
Some x-ray imaging captures a wider range around the teeth. Early signs of cancer can be detected in the occasional panoramic image.
X-rays enable us determine the most successful treatment we can recommend.
X-rays show your dentist how far he needs to drill to remove diseased tooth material while conserving the healthy material. X-rays tell an oral surgeon the safest way to remove impacted wisdom teeth. If you need an implant or periodontal treatment, x-rays reveal the amount and health of surrounding bone tissue.
X-rays help us monitor your mouth for abnormal changes.
Your mouth changes from year-to-year, or even more frequently. Taking dental x-rays on a regular basis help us to know what is normal for you as an individual, and what could be a sign of something serious.
X-ray technology is a safe and highly effective tool for dental diagnosis. Maintaining optimum dental health is crucial to your overall health. Talk to your dentist if you have any questions on the safety and necessity of dental x-rays.
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6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
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