Has your Cinnaminson dentist recommended a dental x-ray? Are you worried about its potential dangers and risks? If yes, you’re not alone. After all, the risk of cancer caused by radiation is high. So, yes we understand why you’re worried, which is why we wrote this blog post. 

Dental x-rays are completely harmless. Yes, the dental practitioners will be using an x-ray machine, but the risks of harmful radiation are completely nonexistent. You won’t be exposed to harmful doses of radiation or anything like that. 

Also, it’s a pretty routine diagnostic tool necessary to help your Cinnaminson dentist clearly see what’s going on in your teeth. 

Why Should You Take Dental X-rays?

The truth is a dental x-ray helps your dentist see problems that they wouldn’t be able to see normally. These are usually smaller, hidden problems that are only visible in x-rays. 

Don’t get us wrong, there are many conditions that we can see without the need for an x-ray. But if it is requested, then it is to give your dentist a clearer picture of the extent of damage or problems in your teeth. 

Most of the time, a dental x-ray will easily reveal issues like infection between the gums and teeth, infections at the root of your teeth, tumors, bone loss, and decay that is happening between the fillings in your teeth and your teeth.

Dental x-rays are also a necessary part of the pre-operative process. It helps us prepare better for root canals, dental implants, and other surgical dental procedures. 

Types of Dental X-Rays

Dental x-rays vary. But each of them is designed to take optimal images and scans of specific parts of your mouth. The various types of dental x-rays include the following:

  • Periapical
  • Panoramic
  • Occlusal
  • Bitewing

Generally referred to as intraoral x-rays, these target various parts of your teeth so that the dentist can better see what’s wrong with them. 

There are extraoral x-rays too. These are used to check the jaws, and other parts outside the teeth and gums. 

How to Prepare for Dental X-Rays

There is no need for any major prep. The process is pretty straightforward. The only thing you might need is to brush thoroughly before going in. This keeps the environment clean and will help the technicians do their jobs better. 

And there’s the part about courtesy. It’s not fair to your dentist to have to deal with bad breath while doing the x-ray. Once you’re done, you can then get your teeth cleaned by your Cinnaminson dentist.

What Happens Afterwards?

It’s pretty simple. Once the x-ray images are available –it usually doesn’t take a lot of time- your dentist will go over them to see if there are any issues. Once they’re done reviewing them, they’ll discuss the outcomes with you. Most of the time, there’s usually no problem. 

However, if the x-ray indicates that there are some anomalies with your teeth, your Cinnaminson dentist will go over the possible options available to you, and make their recommendations. 

The good news is if you have good dental hygiene and visit your dentist at least twice a year, you may never need certain procedures to correct some issues. If you’re having second thoughts about taking the dental x-ray or just need some assurances, come talk to us at https://www.maestrosmiles.com/.

Maestro Smiles

2800 Route 130 North, #108

Cinnaminson, NJ 08077 

(856) 786-1881

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