Many patients have safety concerns regarding their exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays. We assure you that dental x-rays are a safe and important aspect of your dental evaluation. By viewing the inside of your mouth and all its accompanying oral structures, we can more effectively care for your smile. Concerns over the dangers of dental x-rays are unfounded with no basis in fact. The high-speed film we use puts out very little ionizing radiation. The amount of radiation the x-rays expose you to is less than the exposure the natural atmosphere emits over an eight-week span. Radiograph technicians exit the room while x-rays are being taken because they take many x-rays for many patients, compounding the amount of radiation they are exposed to. All that exposure could compromise their health over the course of their dental career. On the other hand, having your x-rays taken periodically to assess your oral health is completely safe and recommended for optimal dental care.
Digital X-Rays and Thorough Dental Exams in Escondido, Poway, and Rancho Bernardo
Why Dental X-Rays are Critical for Quality Patient Assessments
X-rays, otherwise known as dental radiographs, provide Dr. Salami and team with valuable information during your dental exam. Without x-rays, Dr. Salami might miss what is going on between, beneath, and under your teeth and gums. By taking x-rays, Dr. Salami can get a clearer idea of your oral health status. The radiographs also help Dr. Salami detect problems in your existing dental work and can better identify receding bone and abscesses. Gum disease and cavities are two examples that show clear indicators or early problems when viewed on x-ray screens. Not only can x-rays help Dr. Salami and team diagnose dental issues, but they help when providing you with a customized dental treatment plan. Dr. Salami can monitor your health status and establish a baseline from which to monitor changes in your oral health over time. It is because of these important reasons that x-rays are always recommended during your oral health examinations.
If you have questions or concerns about x-rays and you live in Escondido, Rancho Bernardo, or Poway, please call us or share your concerns with us at your initial appointment. As your preferred dental care provider, we want you to be an informed patient and confident in the care you receive in our office.