Questions often arise about dental x-rays, and we hear things like: Do I really need them? Are they safe? How often do I need them? These are all great questions and we’d like to take the time to discuss the importance of dental x-rays as a diagnostic tool. The more you know about them, the better you’ll feel about taking them.
Do I Really Need X-Rays?
The answer is – yes. Our doctors use x-rays to see what’s going on internally in your mouth, and they give us a better of view of issues that could potentially be missed with just an examination. Diagnosing treatment with x-rays allows us to detect issues such as tooth decay in its earliest stages, which gives you the opportunity for less invasive and costly treatment procedures.
Are X-Rays Safe?
At Wynkoop Dentistry we use digital x-rays, which are not only safer for our patients, but also for the environment. Digital x-rays emit 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays, which is, in fact, less radiation than you’d receive spending a day out in the Colorado sun.
They require no harsh chemicals for development, which is much kinder to our environment, and they’re readily available so our doctors can diagnose any treatment needs right away. Because they provide a clearer image, it means more accurate diagnosis of your treatment needs.
Fun fact: Did you know that banana’s are radioactive?
How Often Do I Need X-Rays?
We typically recommend that x-rays be taken once per year, unless you’re having a specific issue. If you should experience tooth sensitivity or pain, an x-ray can help us detect what the cause is so we can get you back on the path to wellness again much more efficiently.
X-rays taken once per year give us a baseline that helps us monitor your oral health. We believe that prevention is truly the key in maintaining optimum oral health and routine dental cleanings, check-ups, and x-rays can help us provide this service to you.
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At Wynkoop Dentistry, we’re always looking for better ways to serve our patients and protect our environment. In fact, we’re the first Certified Green Dental Practice by the city of Denver, and we believe that technology such as digital imaging has helped us achieve this goal.
If you have questions about x-rays or other aspects of our practice, or if it’s time to schedule your next dental appointment, we encourage you to give us a call.