To provide the best care, radiographs, commonly referred to as “X-rays,” are necessary to see conditions our eyes and hands cannot detect.
When cavities are present in places we can see and touch, we know they are there, but that is the extent of the information we can gather. Radiographs are a powerful tool to truly see the extent of the decay and to help predict long-term risk. Radiographs also allow us access to the areas between the teeth and below the gumline, where we cannot visualize with our eyes alone. This information is vital to ensure your dental health.
Radiographs also allow us to screen for more serious conditions such as cyst growths or bone malignancy before they become symptomatic and much more complicated to treat. Although these conditions are rare, radiographs can protect you from quickly spreading conditions that have few symptoms.
We are committed to taking every precaution available to protect our patients from unnecessary radiation exposure. We use digital radiography, which allows us to greatly reduce the amount of radiation required compared to traditional dental radiography—by more than 50%. You are exposed to more radiation on a sunny summer day or on a short plane ride than what is used for a Full Mouth Series of radiographs in our office. It also allows us to eliminate the chemicals and physical waste involved in film processing. The use of a lead apron with a thyroid protective collar is a standard of care in our office to protect any stray radiation that may be produced.
You can learn more about X-rays on the ADA website.