Dental x-rays provide a picture of what’s happening in areas we normally cannot see. Early cavities, impacted wisdom teeth, abscesses and bone loss from gum disease are all things that dental x-rays can show. X-rays are safe. Your dentist will only take x-rays if there is a need for them. When you have a dental X-ray, you are protected in three ways:
- Targeting — the x-ray machine directs the X-ray only to the area where you need it. High-speed film and precise timers shorten the amount of time you are exposed to radiation. Equipment is checked on a regular basis to make sure it is working the way it should.
- Covering — A lead apron and collar give you added protection.
- Staff training — Members of the dental team are well trained in giving X-rays.