Dental x-rays are an excellent diagnostic tool that help your dentist observe areas of your teeth and jaw that would otherwise be impossible to see with a visual exam. Besides helping detect cavities, dental x-rays can also help detect and diagnose gum disease, a tumor, bone loss, and more. X-rays are important for many reasons.
Many patients worry about the safety of dental x-rays. In reality, however, modern dental x-rays are safe and emit a very low radiation level. Many dental offices use advanced digital radiography, which is an x-ray technology that is much safer than the old-fashioned machines used in dental offices many years ago. Even though today’s x-rays are very safe, dental offices take many precautions to protect you from the smallest amounts of radiation. [Read more…]