During your routine exam at Cooley Smiles, the dentist looks for any visible cavities, gum disease, or cracks in your teeth. However, a mirror and two eyes can only see so much. Dentists rely on dental x-rays to see problems between teeth and internally before they become visible. X-rays have been a part of dentistry since the early twentieth century, but there have been many advances in their convenience and safety.
Digital Vs Traditional X-rays
Dental X-rays Help to Make Informed Decisions
X-rays are just one of the tools that your dentist uses to make informed decisions about your oral health. With x-rays in hand, your dentist will be able to inform you about your oral health. They are a powerful education tool that will allow you to understand and feel confident about the recommendations that your dentist gives you. Together, you and your dentist can make informed decisions about the best course of action for your needs.
Dental X-ray Radiation
One of the concerns that many patients have about x-rays is the exposure to radiation. The American Dental Association has assured that the radiation from dental x-rays only represents a minor amount of radiation compared to all other natural and man-made sources. In fact eating a single banana is about half of a radiation dose of a single dental x-ray.
Digital x-rays require 90% less radiation than traditional dental x-rays that use film. Even though conventional dental x-rays are safe, digital x-rays are an excellent option for patients that require regular x-rays or for those that are worried about radiation.
In addition to the improvements in safety, there are other benefits to digital x-rays:
More advanced types of digital x-rays like cone-beam computed tomography (CT) allow for 3D images of your teeth.
What Do X-rays of Your Teeth Help Diagnose?
X-rays of your teeth and jaw can show many things hidden from the naked eye that can be harmful to your oral health. These include:
Dental x-rays are especially important for young mouths because it allows the dentist to monitor the-the growth and development of permanent teeth. Seeing if there are impacted teeth below the surface can help to treat young patients to ensure straight and healthy teeth.
Don't wait until your dental problems become visible or apparent to you. By then, it might be too late to save your tooth/teeth. Schedule your appointment at Cooley Smiles today by calling (425) 216-3367.