Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

When the time comes for patients’ yearly x-rays, we are often met with skepticism: are they free? Are they safe? These are all fair questions, and if you are someone who is considering getting dental x-rays, you have a right to know the answer. Please read on and reach out to the Dental Associates of Basking Ridge to learn more about dental x-rays and how we can help you.

Are dental x-rays dangerous?

Though you fear the dangers of dental x-rays due to their use of radiation, the truth is, you have nothing to worry about. The amount of radiation involved in a dental x-ray is so minimal that these x-rays are considered safe for both adults and children. In fact, if your dentist uses digital x-rays, they are considered even safer. To further compound the safe aspects of dental x-rays, dentists will provide you with a “bib” to protect you from radiation exposure. The bottom line–it is always best to get your yearly x-rays, especially if your insurance covers them–you may find that your x-rays bring life-saving health issues to light.

Why do I need dental x-rays?

Dental x-rays help your dentist see both the insides of your teeth, as well as the tip of your roots and bone underneath your gums. These x-rays are primarily used to detect cavities, decay and more. This means that when you get a dental x-ray, you may save yourself from serious periodontal disease in the long run. Remember, the sooner an issue is detected, the better. Our team of dental experts has your best interests in mind, so you can rest assured that you are in good hands.

What are the different types of dental x-rays?

There are several different types of x-rays available. They are as follows:

  • Occlusal: These x-rays are performed to see how your upper and bottom teeth align with your jaw closed.
  • Bitewing: Perhaps the most common type of dental x-ray; these x-rays are taken while you bite down so your dentist can look at how the crowns of your teeth align–this is also used to ensure you do not have any cavities.
  • Panoramic: This type of x-ray is primarily used to better examine wisdom teeth, issues with your jaw, or even plan for potential dental implants. Panoramic x-rays are conducted by a rotating machine that circles your head.
  • Occlusal: These x-rays encompass all of your teeth in one click.

Contact the Dental Associates of Basking Ridge

Dental Associates of Basking Ridge is a compassionate, gentle, and professional state-of-the-art dental practice serving Basking Ridge, Morris & Somerset County. Our office is always ready to greet our patients with a smile, take the time to answer any questions, and provide the quality dental services our patients expect. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!

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