X-rays, also called radiographs, are typically taken in a dental office or dental specialist.  X-rays help dentist be able to see areas inside your teeth and gums that can’t be seen with a simple oral exam.  X-rays also help the dentist find and treat dental problems early before they become more serious, which can save you money, unnecessary discomfort, and maybe even your life.

X-Rays are a Valuable Diagnostic Tool 

 • Help dentist to see between and inside your teeth.

 • Can view the roots of the teeth.

 • Can detect cyst, abscesses, and any other masses.

 • Congenitally missing or impacted teeth such as wisdom teeth can be identified this way. 

 • The extent of bone loss due to periodontal disease is easily seen with X-rays.  

Dental X-Ray Safety

The frequency of getting X-rays of your teeth often depends on your dental history and current condition.  X-ray machines and other sources of dental radiographs are designed to minimize radiation. Many dental offices are now using digital X-rays, which does reduce the radiation exposure.  Patients will be draped with a leaded apron to cover the abdominal area and a leaded collar to protect the thyroid.  Always let your dentist know if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.  Dental checkups and routine X-rays are necessary for a healthy mouth and to help keep your teeth perfect for a lifetime. 

I hope this Tooth Talk has helped and call Integrity Dental Care, PLLC (615) 445-8700 or email dr.jmitchell@integritydentalcares.com with any questions you may have.