X-rays are a necessary part of dental care, but some people wonder about their safety. Our Edmonton dentists explain why dental x-rays are safe and the benefits of using them in dentistry.
According to the Canadian Dental Association, dental x-rays are safe for both adults and children.
Dental x-rays should only be performed when necessary. Dentists typically recommend x-rays at regular check-ups and for patients with current or recent dental problems. That's because dental x-rays help dentists see oral health issues that are otherwise nearly invisible to the naked eye.
Digital dental x-rays do expose people to radiation, but in very low doses compared to traditional x-rays. Dentists also take additional measures (like lead aprons and high speed film) to reduce exposure.
Benefits of Digital X-rays
Dental x-rays help dentists diagnose and treat oral health issues. They also help to monitor a patient's mouth, teeth and jaw.
With an x-ray for reference, dentists can also better prepare treatment plans.
Not only are digital x-rays better for your health and safety, they are faster, more comfortable to take, and can reduce your time spent at your dental office.
Also, since the digital image is electronic and appears right on your dentists computer screen, there is no need to develop the x-rays, eliminating the need to dispose of harmful waste created by traditional x-rays.
How Often Should Dental X-rays Be Taken
The need for dental x-rays depends on your specific case.
A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients and are usually good for three to five years.
Your dentist may take x-rays of your top and bottom teeth biting together (bite-wing) at your regular check-up appointments once or twice a year.