Dentists order X-rays when they cannot verify suspected dental disease with a traditional oral examination. The X-ray is a modern miracle and a valuable tool for confirmation and diagnosis.
How often an X-ray is taken is dependent upon various factors relating to the patient. These variables include age, patient health risks, and the emergence of signs or symptoms. Kids will normally receive more frequent X-rays due to their constant growth and development. The determination as to whether or not you will need an X-ray taken will be made after your dentist has thoroughly examined your teeth and gums, and studied your dental history.
Moving or changing dentists? Once settled, be sure to ask your previous dentist to forward copies of your X-rays. This will save you and your new dentist time, money, and potentially avoid having to take new radiographs. Without any dental history, new patients must undergo a completely new round of X-rays in order to determine their current oral health state.
Dental X-rays are safe. Because of the low level of radiation utilized when taking dental X-rays, detrimental exposure risk is minimal and you should not worry about side-effects. Even though years of use has confirmed this statement, all reasonable precautions are taken to remove any doubt of potential harm. Lead vests, aprons and/or collars shield the abdomen and thyroid glands from unnecessary exposure. If pregnant, you should alert your dentist so that these items are in place to protect the fetus.
If you have questions or concerns about radiation from a dental X-ray, call Dr. Alison Scott for more information. Please contact Lasting Impressions Dental Group to make an appointment at: 713-528-0040, or come by our office in Houston, Texas.