Posted on 10/10/2019 by Mark Bieber
|One of the rare procedures you receive when visiting the dentist is an x-ray. There are two types of x-rays used. The old school system where you bite on the film and the camera is brought directly to your mouth.
The second X-ray is digital, allowing for immediate viewing and far less radiation exposure. Regardless of which one you used they both have benefits and associated risk factors.
Risk Factors of an X-Ray
Exposure to any radiation can damage cells and cause tumors. The lead apron should always cover your major organs. The American Dental Association recommends only one x-ray every two years for adults. An x-ray can cause problems during a pregnancy, which is why only in emergency cases is it ever used. If you are pregnant, make sure to inform your dentist.
Benefits of an X-Ray
X-rays make it possible for a dentist to see tiny areas of a decaying tooth unseen to the naked eye because it may be between two teeth or be just tiny as it begins to start. You can also see some undetectable problems like bone infections, tumors, and even the decay that is down under a filling. Being able to spot a tumor can save someone's life.
The sooner you catch diseases, the less painful or invasive the dental visit will be. Catching gum disease or tooth decay, in the beginning, can save teeth and avoid cancer. The X-ray for your teeth takes a snapshot of your entire head, allowing a dentist to spot problems down in the jawbone.
Weighing the pros and cons of getting an x-ray, it is clear to see it's a positive tool to be used for your oral health as long as they do it only every two years or so. Having one administered every two years, the amount of radiation is very low. The risks don't outweigh the benefits of finding diseases and illnesses unseen. Our office is available to assist with your oral health. If you just need quick teeth cleaning or a checkup, please contact us today. We will get you scheduled as soon as available.
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