The Importance of Dental X-Rays
Dental technology is improving by the minute. There are now enhanced procedures for identifying and tracking oral cancer, straightening teeth in under a year, treating periodontitis (advanced gum disease) without surgery, and much more. When it comes to identifying problems and developing an effective treatment strategy, nothing beats a fresh set of X-rays. Your oral surgeon in Aventura uses dental X-rays to see the big picture to keep your teeth healthy, bright, and attractive.
What Are Dental X-Rays?
Why Do I Need Dental X-Rays?
X-rays have been around since Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discovered that his cathode ray tube could pierce the black paper and cast shadows of solid objects in 1895. X-rays have a shorter wavelength than visible light and can penetrate soft tissue in the human body, revealing what’s going on inside. If X-rays were not available, everything from cavities to fractured bones to cancer would be more challenging to treat.
X-rays are necessary for planning the best treatment plan. Today’s Dental takes dental X-rays for a variety of reasons:
- To look for dental decay, deterioration of the jawbone, and tooth root trauma.
- To determine whether you have any crowding or impacted teeth by looking at the position of your teeth.
- To ensure that children’s permanent teeth are developing normally
- To look for cysts, tumors, or abscesses
- To prepare and create a treatment plan for severe cavities, root canals, dental implants, extractions, and orthodontics.
Dental X-Rays: Are They Safe?
Dental X-ray instruments and procedures have been refined throughout time to reduce radiation exposure. To ensure that patients are kept secure, every precaution is taken. Lead aprons keep the body’s trunk safe, while a leaded thyroid collar keeps the thyroid safe.
These tools are essential for patients who need to be more cautious about X-rays, such as pregnant women.
A Compete Oral Surgeon Clinic in Aventura, FL
Oral Facial Reconstruction uses the most sophisticated methods in reducing radiation exposure to care for our patients’ health during oral surgery. Give us a call now to learn more about what dental X-rays may tell about your smile.