Taking X-rays of your teeth at the dentist helps to diagnose and detect decay when not readily noticeable by a typical dental exam.
The frequency at which X-rays are used varies from patient to patient depending on several factors including age, health risks, or the prevalence of signs or symptoms. Kids will normally receive more frequent X-rays due to their constant growth and development. Once your dentist has reviewed your past history and performed an examination, he will decide if you should be given an X-ray.
New patients without a dental record will most likely need an X-ray to ascertain their current state of oral health. This will be particularly necessary if their previous dentist did not provide any radiograph copies. If you are changing dentists, asking for these to be forwarded will potentially save both time and money.
Because dental X-rays only use a very low level of radiation exposure to be utilized, they are very safe. The risk of any detrimental effects is minuscule. Still, all reasonable precautions are taken to reduce any potential problems. Lead vests, aprons and/or collars shield the abdomen and thyroid glands from unnecessary exposure. If pregnant, you should alert your dentist so that these items are in place to protect the fetus.
If you have questions about drugs and dental health, call Dr. Karl Schneck for more information. Please contact Karl E. Schneck, DDS, PC to make an appointment at: 541-779-4344, or come by our office in Medford, Oregon.