ORANGE CITY AND DELTONA, FL
Dental x-ray technology has dramatically improved over the years. What seemed to be a scary process is now regarded as generally safe, even for pregnant women. Dentists use different types of x-rays to determine the health of your teeth and jawbone. Dr. Terry Soule, an emergency dentist in DeBary and Orange City, wants you to know just how safe dental x-rays are, and why your dentist may suggest them at your next appointment.
Are dental x-rays safe?
Yes. Due to the extremely low amount of radiation emitted, digital dental x-rays are regarded as safe by dental professionals everywhere. For precautionary measures, you will wear a lead vest over your chest and abdomen area while the x-rays are taken. Therefore, dental x-rays are safe for most individuals, including pregnant women.
Why does a dentist use dental x-rays?
Dr. Terry Soule, DDS, can conduct a visual examination of your teeth and spot potential problems. However, with the use of x-rays, deeper or hidden problems can be uncovered and then appropriately treated. For example, when looking at the x-ray, the dentist may see a problem with your jawbone or tooth’s root that needs to be addressed to prevent future oral health issues. These structures cannot be seen without x-rays.
What type of x-rays are used?
Normally, there are three different x-ray types that will help Dr. Soule get a comprehensive picture of your mouth.
- Bite-wing x-rays: These x-rays allow your dentist the ability to check for decay between your teeth, specifically your molars. These back teeth are difficult to clean and are more prone to tooth decay. Therefore, it is critical that x-rays are taken at your six-month checkup.
- Periapical x-rays: These x-rays allow the dentist to see two or three teeth at a time. They show a detailed picture of the tooth from the crown to root. Therefore, if there is root damage, your dentist can treat it before it manifests into a more serious oral health problem.
- Panoramic x-rays: The panoramic x-rays show the dentist your entire mouth at one time. These x-rays are a great way to check for overcrowding of your teeth and any development issues. They also provide a full view of your jawbones and jaw joints.
What are some reasons why you need x-rays?
When you have a dental emergency, your dental professional may want to take a few x-rays to see the extent of the damage. The images will provide a clear picture of what is wrong and what procedures need to take place in order to correct the problem.
Dental x-rays are also used for diagnostic purposes, such as when you present with dental pain or a damaged tooth, as well as when devising a treatment plan for restorative dental care.
If you have been unsure about dental x-rays, now is the time to talk to your dentist in the DeBary, Deltona, or Orange City, Florida area about how you could benefit from x-rays at your next dental checkup. There have been many advances in x-ray technology, and those advances can save you time, money, and your smile. Contact Dr. Terry Soule, DDS, today at (386) 775-1552 to schedule your appointment and see what your x-rays say about your oral health.