Ever wonder why dentist’s take X-Rays?
Dentistry always strives to give the best possible solutions to people for their oral concerns. Since it is evolved in a way that it includes some equipment or procedure that may help the dentist to provide the best solution.
Dental X-ray is one of the important elements as it helps the dentist diagnose the problem accurately.
Here’s what can be found through a dental X-Ray:
- Complicated Decay: Sometimes decay between the teeth is not visible accurately. This can be seen through X-rays.
- Bone loss: An Xray can show the degree of bone loss.
- Decay under fillings: An x-ray is the only solution to such types of decay.
- Infection at the tip of the root: The full mouth picture helps the dentist identify if you have an infection or any other problems.
How safe are Dental X-Rays?
Dental x-rays are a usual diagnostic procedure that is regarded as extremely safe. Digital dental x-rays emit a low amount of radiation, producing just a fraction of what you are exposed to in other imaging procedures. If you’re wondering about the need of dental x-rays or worried to forego this procedure due to other medical conditions, it’s helpful to know deeper into what dental x-rays involve, why they’re taken, and how they’re best performed.
When these x-rays are performed correctly with adequate protective precautions in place, there’s very little cause for concern. A routine examination with four bitewing x-rays exposes you to roughly the same amount of radiation that will equivalent to the amount of one to two hours on an airplane.
Dental X-Rays and Children
Parents are often concerned about the impact of X-rays on their kids. Children are safe to X-rays, however, they are more sensitive to radiation. Children’s jaw and teeth will continuously develop. It is important to keep an eye on young patients.
Dental x-ray in children are done for the following reasons:
- Makes sure the mouth has enough space for incoming teeth.
- To check the development of wisdom teeth.
- Determine whether primary teeth will fall out at the right ttime to accommodate new permanent teeth.
- Identify cavities and gum disease at its early stage.
Dr. Zita Antao Dental director at Sabka dentist says “It’s important for children to visit the dentist regularly, and to get x-rays as recommended by the dentist. The exact timeline for these x-rays will differ depending on the child’s individual needs. And hence it is necessary to visit Sabka Dentist once every six months.”
Dental X-Rays During Pregnancy
Even though xrays emit minimum radiation, pregnant women generally will be advised to avoid the radiation. It is best to avoid all the exposure for the sake of the health of the developing fetus. So tell your dentist about your pregnancy.
However in some conditions, pregnant women are advised to have xrays. If a pregnant woman gets the dental emergency or in the middle of the dental treatment plan they may need Xrays during pregnancy. It is always to discuss with your dentist about your pregnancy he/she can determine the best way to proceed. It’s crucial to balance between dental and parental health. Women who suffer from gum disease during pregnancy have a higher risk of adverse outcomes.
Inform the dentist about your pregnancy, this will allow the dentist to take greater precautions. He will use a leaded apron and thyroid collar, for all x-rays taken during your pregnancy.
Safety Precautions with Dental X-Rays:
There are some ways that your dentist knows to minimize the radiation from x-rays. Taking a single image despite multiple images can decrease the exposure significantly. Speak to your dentist about using the lowest radiation setting possible, this especially important for children. Leaded coverings can shield your body from radiation.
Dr. Jena Shah Dental director at Sabka dentist says “X-ray is helpful to detect many dental diseases in the beginning stage. Your dentist is trained to take the image with the right amount of precautions. So, all you need to do is scheduling the appointment with Sabka dentist.”
Dr.Ankita Gada is a dental director,Alliances at SabkaDentist. She is a highly skilled dental Surgeon and Implantologist, with an experience of more than 10 years. She completed her BDS from Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai and PGDBA, Marketing from Symbiosis University, Pune.
She has done comprehensive Certified Fellowship Course in Oral Implantology. She also participated in the Advance Implantology course at the Tel Aviv University.
She specialises in implants and planning full mouth rehabilitation cases. She is well versed with all the recent advances in technology and materials and keeps up with constant changes in the field of Modern dentistry by attending conferences and workshops across the globe.