Dental X-rays allow dentists to monitor the health and state of the areas between your teeth and the insides of your teeth. Your dentist provides comprehensive dental care, including X-rays, at Cedarwood Pleasanton Dentistry in Pleasanton, California, to help protect your dental wellness. Call or schedule an appointment online today if you're due for a dental checkup or haven’t had dental X-rays in more than two years.
Preventative dental care can't happen without dental X-rays. Because a significant part of your teeth is invisible to the naked eye, X-rays allow your dentist to check the inner and outer parts of your teeth carefully.
For example, your dentist can use X-rays to make sure there's no evidence of decay within your teeth or below a filling. If there's any decay lurking between your teeth, your dentist will be able to see it, too. The best way to diagnose bone loss due to gum disease is with an X-ray.
With dental X-rays, your dentist can diagnose dental conditions and plan the placement of dental implants, orthodontic treatments, and other dental procedures.
If you have good dental health, you should have standard dental X-rays every 6 months as a child, and every year as an adult. More thorough X-rays are needed every two to three years to examine the health of the roots of your teeth and the surrounding bone.
Children need dental X-rays more often because of their growth rate. X-rays help dentists decide if a child's teeth are coming in correctly and whether any orthodontic approach should be performed.
Dental X-rays are safe for patients of all ages and conditions. X-rays do transmit a small quantity of radiation to take the scans of your teeth and bones, but this puts you at almost no risk. The amount of radiation is too small. The team at Cedarwood Pleasanton Dentistry employs special dental technology that reduces the amount of radiation emitted. What does that mean? Simply put, their dental X-ray machine uses less radiation than traditional devices you’d find in most offices, making it safer.
Even though dentists and their staff step out for the moment the picture is taken, dentists and their staff are exposed to radiation. They take anywhere from 10 to 15 X-rays per day. Even so, dental professionals are not at any great risk for cancer.
You can still have X-rays if you’re pregnant. Your dentist shields you with a unique apron and thyroid collar as a precautionary measure.
Book an appointment online or call today if it’s time for a dental checkup or you haven’t had dental X-rays in more than two years.