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Abbotsford Cosmetic Dentist: Are dental X-rays dangerous?

Many people ask their Abbotsford cosmetic dentist about whether dental XRays are dangerous

There is an even greater concern for parents regarding their children.  Rest assured: Your Abbotsford children’s dentist understands these concerns and is committed to their overall well-being not just their dental health. 

So what’s the reality regarding dental XRays – are they safe or should you be concerned?

What your Abbotsford cosmetic dentist will explain is that dental XRays emit extremely low amounts of radiation.  In fact, you’re probably exposed to higher levels of radiation during everyday life than you are when you undergo a dental XRay.

Modern XRay film exposure speeds have significantly increased – making the exposure time significantly less than what it used to be in previous generations.

Even though the radiation emitted is insignificantly low, as a precaution, digital sensors are used to reduce this even more. These sensors reduce radiation by as much as 80 to 90%.  Today’s dental XRay machines utilize small cones and collimated beams (very tightly focused beams) which also helps reduce the exposure to an area that is just a few centimeters in size.

XRay machines are rigorously regulated and are required to undergo regular checks to ensure that they are working properly. You’ll also always be protected by a large, lead lined apron when you’re having an XRay taken, although with the low levels of radiation from today’s dental XRay machines, this is almost a superfluous precaution.

What number of dental XRays should you have?

Well, that really should be based on your specific circumstances.  Children’s dentists and orthodontists often recommend more frequent XRays than they would for adults, as children’s teeth and bones are developing quickly so changes are more rapid.

People who have specific conditions, such as periodontal disease or who are taking certain medications also require more frequent XRays to help with the monitoring and controlling of the disease, or to spot potential problems.  For those who practice excellent oral hygiene and have regular dental check ups, XRays may be required less frequently than for those who do not.

Why would I have an XRay if I don’t have any problems?

Although it may seem that you don’t have any problems, XRays can make sure that potential problems are discovered and treated before they advance further.  Many problems can be present long before they are detected by a visual examination.  This is why, although you may not know that you have any dental problems, your family dentist will often recommend XRays.

For instance, XRays can assist your family dentist in detecting

  • damaged or cracked fillings
  • bone loss caused by periodontal disease
  • infection or dead nerves in a root canal
  • cysts, cancers or other disease onset in the bones
  • monitoring of tooth growth and the replacement of baby teeth with permanent teeth
  • potential cavities developing between teeth
  • decay beginning beneath a filling

As you can tell, XRays are an integral part of the dental care process and while they are considered extremely safe in modern dental practices, every care is always taken to ensure complete patient safety at all times.

By : Clayburn Dental/December 14, 2015/Abbotsford Cosmetic Dentist/ CommentsRead More
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