In most cases, you only get X-rays when something hurts, but dentists will also take X-rays because there are things that go wrong in your mouth in spaces we can’t see! This allows them to find and treat problems before they become serious, which saves you time, money, and discomfort. Some of the conditions we can see with the help of X-rays are:
- small cavities;
- gum disease;
- impacted teeth;
- infections in the bone;
- growths, such as tumors and cysts.
A personalized X-ray schedule is set up based on your overall health, age, and individual needs. You will likely either have a panoramic X-ray or a periapical X-ray. Panoramics show us your entire mouth and periapicals show us just a small area. Most dental X-rays involve a very low dose of radiation. We minimize the amount of radiation you receive by:
- taking only necessary X-rays;
- using the latest techniques and equipment;
- using the fastest type of X-ray film;
- using a lead apron or thyroid shield when appropriate.
The goal is for you to feel comfortable in your dental office while you are provided with quality care. The doctor-patient relationships are important to your MDA dentist and you should feel comfortable to ask questions so that you understand the procedures you’re undergoing.