Dental X-ray and Comprehensive Examination
X-rays, or radiographs, are necessary for any dental care treatment plan. They are diagnostic, but they can also be preventative, by helping a dentist diagnose potential oral care issues in a patient’s mouth before they become a major problem.
An X-ray is a kind of energy that passes through soft tissues and is absorbed by dense tissue. Teeth and bone are very dense, so they absorb X-rays, whereas gums and cheeks enable X-rays to pass more easily through them.
When are X-Rays Necessary?
Periodically, your dentist may ask you to have an X-ray examination. X-ray examinations are a necessary part of complete, comprehensive patient care.
An X-ray examination may reveal:
- Small areas of Decay between the Teeth;
- Presence of Periodontal (Gum) disease;
- Location of Impacted Teeth, e.g. Wisdom Teeth;
- Infections in the Bone;
- Abscesses or Cysts;
- Developmental Abnormalities;
- Some types of Tumors
These X-rays are typically performed in the office of a dentist or dental specialist.
- At first, a dental professional will cover you with a heavy lead apron to protect your body from the radiation.
- Next, the dental professional will insert a small apparatus, made of plastic, into your mouth and ask you to bite down on it – this holds the X-ray sensor in place.
- They will then proceed to take an X-ray picture of the targeted area. This process is pain-free and will be repeated until images have been obtained for your entire mouth.
- Digital X-rays provide significantly less radiation to the dental patient and are convenient and time saving for the dental practice.
Starting from $25-$90
Q – Why do I need to take X-Rays?
In order for the dentists to provide you with the highest level of care, we require patients to take mouth X-Rays. Extra shots which focus on areas of concern may be necessary, depending on the dentist’s discretion.
Q – Are X-Rays Safe?
Most people are most concerned with the radiation exposure from taking X-rays. However, X-rays have a low level of radiation and are considered safe. Additionally, precautionary measures are taken to minimize exposure. Before any X-rays are taken, a lead apron with a thyroid collar is placed on the patient.
At dePacific we use digital X-rays with minimum exposure.
What to Expect after Treatment
When the images are ready — instantly in the case of digital X-rays — your dentist will review them and check for abnormalities. If a dental hygienist is checking your teeth, the dentist may go over the results of the X-rays with you once this is done. The exception is if the hygienist discovers any significant problems during the X-rays.
If your dentist finds problems, such as cavities or tooth decay, they’ll discuss your treatment options. If not, that’s great!