Xrays are an important diagnostic tool that allows your dentist to diagnose if you have tooth decay, gum disease, abscesses, and a wide range of other common dental issues that aren’t normally visible in the mouth and don’t tend to present symptoms until further progressed. Early detection is vital in maintaining optimum oral health as well as brushing twice a day and flossing regularly.
The most common xrays taken are bitewings, periapicals and OPGs. Bitewings are taken generally every 2 years depending on your decay risk and show top and bottom posterior teeth on both sides to check for decay and gum disease. Periapicals show the root tips of your tooth which can determine any possible infections. OPGs are generally taken every 5 years to check your jaw, joints and sinus area. These xrays can show wisdom teeth as well as cysts, cancerous lesions, jaw disorders and bone irregularities.
The amount of radiation exposure of our digital xrays is extremely minimal and therefore safe, however we tend to avoid xrays if you are pregnant. We do have a lead apron provided for added protection. If an xray shows any abnormality, your dentist will discuss the best possible treatment options for you.