What are Dental X-Rays?
Dental X-rays are a common oral diagnostic procedure that is considered extremely safe. They produce a low dose of radiation and are an essential part of any dental care treatment plan. They can help diagnose potential oral care issues in a patients’s mouth before they become a major problem.
Dr. Jay Elbrecht and his team at Advanced Dental Care of Anderson are well equipped to handle dental X-ray procedures. They can perform both types of dental X-rays: intraoral (inside of the mouth) and extraoral (outside of the mouth).
Benefits of dental X-rays
The benefits of a dental X-ray performed by Advanced Dental Care of Anderson include:
- Location of cavities
- Tooth root inspection
- Check the health of the bony area around the tooth
- Determine if a patient has periodontal disease
- See the status of developing teeth
Is a dental X-ray harmful?
A dental X-ray produces a low level of radiation and is considered extremely safe. With that being said, it is important to note that they should only be performed when necessary. Dr. Jay Elbrecht will evaluate every patient before proceeding with a procedure.
Can dental X-rays show cancer?
A dental X-ray of your entire mouth can show whether cancer has spread to the jaw.
How often do you need to get dental X-rays?
Dental X-rays should be considered only when deemed necessary by a dentist. Medical and dental history and current condition play key roles on whether a patient should have a dental X-ray performed. If you are a new patient, your dentist may take an X-ray as part of the initial exam and to establish a baseline record from which to compare changes that may occur over time.