How do X-rays help?
Dental X-rays provide valuable information about your oral health, both teeth and gums. X-rays are another tool that helps us detect dental problems at an early stage to save you time, money and unnecessary discomfort.
How often should I have an X-ray?
We review your history, examine your mouth and then decide whether or not you need an X-ray. In a healthy person, we often recommend an X-ray every two years. If your teeth are causing you trouble, we may recommend more frequent X-rays.
For new patients, we can use X-rays to establish a baseline of your oral health for future comparisons. If your previous dentist has taken X-rays, we may request copies with your consent, and use them for comparison as well.
Aren’t X-rays dangerous?
Fortunately, radiation exposure from dental X-rays is extremely low, equivalent to a few days’ environmental background exposure. But just to be on the safe side, we use a leaded thyroid collar to protect the thyroid from radiation for women of childbearing age, pregnant women and children.
What if I am pregnant?
Untreated dental infections can pose a risk to unborn babies. So sometimes, an X-ray might be needed for dental treatment that can’t wait until after your baby is born. We assess each situation on a case-by-case basis and if an X-ray is necessary we use a leaded apron to prevent exposure to the baby.
What if I’m trying to get pregnant, or breastfeeding?
Dental X-rays do not need to be delayed if you are trying to become pregnant or are breastfeeding. But we are more than happy to discuss any concerns you may have.