Why do we do xrays and how safe are they?

By: staff, On: April 16, 2012,
Posted In: Dental Hygiene,General Dental Questions,New Patient

Our patients’ health and safety are our first priority.  Recently a “study” was published and released to the media that discussed the safety of xrays.  The “study” stated that the xrays they were speaking of were xrays of the past, not the present.  Today we use faster speeds of film and a shorter cone head to reduce the amount of radiation.  For the last 7 years we have offered digital xrays which have very little radiation and are supported by the American Dental Association as the safest form of dental radiography.

For most patients we recommend bitewing xrays once a year.  This is the only way that we are able to look in between the teeth for decay, bone levels, interproximal crown margins, etc.   

**This bitewing was taken during a routine cleaning appointment:

*The patient requested to wait at his year appointment and so at 18 months we took this radiograph:

If we could have taken the bitewing at one year as recommended we would have found a smaller cavity and probably treated it with a filling.  Due to how deep the cavity was, the tooth needed a RCT and Crown which more than quadrupled the cost of needed treatment. 

If you have any concerns feel free to ask Dr Wilhoite or a team member and we will be happy to answer your questions!

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