If you are very conscious about your dental health you must have visited the dentist quite a few times. Most of these time the dentist would’ve asked you to get a dental X-ray since these are very useful from a dentist’s point of view to diagnose different issues in your mouth and to see the surface of your gums. While getting and X-ray you might’ve wondered how useful and safe they are since you are exposed to them very frequently. Here is all you need to know about dental X-rays:
What are X-rays?
This is basically a 2D image of all that’s happening in your mouth, highlighting the bones and your mouth below the surface of gums. Digital X-rays are replacing film ones primarily because they emit 80% less radiations and is a much more quick process. Intra oral X-rays are used for taking an image of the inside of your mouth focusing more on the fine lines of the teeth. Extra oral however focuses on the larger bones, focusing on the upper and lower jaw.
How often do you need to get an X-ray?
Most dentists usually avoid telling their patients to get an X-ray done frequently to prevent them from a lot of radiations. They are used when necessary to give an accurate diagnosis. If your oral health is good and you visit the dentist frequently then you will be asked to get an X-ray once or twice a year. X-rays are done on a case basis so as to provide you with the best treatment.
What happens if you do not get regular X-rays?
These are a helpful tool when determining if you have bacteria, there is some hidden plaque or a root rot. It is important to discover these issues at the initial stages so as to devise an effective plan to get rid of the problem. Without getting X-rays done problems which are not visible on the surface could go unnoticed and cause greater problems.
The amount of radiations you are exposed to:
Digital X-rays emit a very small amount of radiation hence it is not harmful at all. This radiation is less than the amount emitted from the technological devices we use every day. Dentists are usually very careful about the radiation a patient is exposed to and hence you can question your dentist before you receive an X-ray.