Know About Dental X-Rays

Posted on : 06-03-2013 | By : Haddon Suttner | In : Dentist and Dentistry, Oral Health, Preventive Dentistry

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Dental X-rays are special images that allow your dentist to get a closer look at some of the structures inside your mouth, including your teeth, the roots of your teeth, your bite, and your facial bones. The process involves placing an X-ray film in a piece of cardboard or plastic, which your dentist will ask you to bite down on to hold the film against the area he or she wants the X-ray to capture. Depending on how many angles or areas of your mouth your dentist wants to see on X-ray, this may be repeated several times. While the X-ray pictures are being captured, you will wear a protective apron to shield your body from the X-ray machine’s radiation.

Purpose of Dental X – Rays

Dental X-rays are use to look
Tooth decay, also called cavities or caries, between your teeth or under your fillings
Infections in the bones of your mouth
Symptoms of gum (periodontal) disease
An abscess, cyst, or tumor in your mouth
Changes in your teeth or bones
Problems with the ligaments that hold your teeth in place
Dental developmental problems (in children)

Risks of Dental X-rays

X-rays are one of the most commonly used tools for medical screening and diagnosis, but they are not without risks. The most worrisome issue associated with dental X-rays, as well as other types of X-rays, is a small increase in the risk of developing cancer, which is associated with exposure to radiation. The more X-rays you get throughout your lifetime and the younger you are when you have the X-rays, the higher your risk of developing cancer. There is also evidence that women are more susceptible to developing cancer caused by X-ray radiation exposure than men.

For further details take guidelines from your dentist. You may call Dr. Haddon Suttner for any type of dental problems on 02 9365 6197. For details about the services visit Dentist Bondi.

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