Why does the dentist take x-rays? How safe are they?
When Dr. Williamson performs a comprehensive exam, x-rays are of utmost importance. A visual exam only reveals a part of the story and doesn’t allow us to get a full picture of your oral health. Dental x-rays will enable us to see:
- Decay that is present in between the teeth (flossing cavities) or underneath existing fillings or crowns
- Tooth infections that have spread to the bone causing an abscess
- The condition of bone and gum health, and help us check for periodontal disease
- Any abnormalities in development in children and teens
- Certain cysts or tumors present in the jaw-bone
Often x-rays allow us to identify problems early, saving patients time and money. We can often catch issues before they develop into a major problem that may cause pain or discomfort. Dr. Williamson evaluates each patient and only prescribes the x-rays necessary for their individual needs.
Tidewater Dentistry exclusively uses digital x-ray technology which reduces radiation exposure to the patient. The average full mouth series of dental x-rays exposes the patient to less radiation than a cross-country flight. We also ensure the use of lead aprons on every patient to keep exposure to a minimum.
Dental x-rays are an invaluable tool we use to monitor your dental health. If you have any concerns, our staff can answer any questions you may have about the use of x-rays in our office.