Many dental patients do not think too much about X-rays and radiation. Other questions regarding flossing, cavities or a root canal usually take precedence. But for those who are concerned about the possible negative effects of X-rays, it is a good idea to become educated.
Dental X-Rays are Considered Safe and Useful
Dental X-rays are a very useful tool most dentists use to detect suspected problems. How often they need to be taken depend on the patient’s dental health, age and if they are experiencing any problems. The dental team will review your history and then examine the mouth. After taking these factors into account, they can determine if X-rays are necessary.
New patients are often given X-rays to determine their current oral health. It also acts as a point of reference for issues down the line. A new set of X-rays may be required to help your dentist detect any new cavities or determine the status of your gum health. If a prior dentist has your records, your current dental team may ask for them.
Dental X-ray exams are generally considered safe. However, keep in mind they do use a very low level of radiation. Any potential problems are extremely remote. Dental X-ray tools attempt to limit exposure to any radiation. Precautions are taken to use the least amount of necessary radiation. A leaded apron is used to protect the patient from as much radiation as possible. Some dentists will also employ a leaded collar to provide additional protection. It is also very important to let your dentist know of any health issues before considering X-rays. All women who are pregnant need to let their dental team aware of this as soon as possible.
When completed properly with recommended protection, X-rays are a useful and safe tool. For any questions about dental X-rays or other concerns, please contact the office of Dr. Scott Malik at 847-724-1771 or visit his website at scottmalikdds.com. Dr. Malik and his professional staff have been serving the Glenview area and keeping mouths healthy for many years.