As you head to your dentist for your six-month checkup, questions swirl in your mind about x-rays. You’ve been hearing that they may not be safe because of the radiation associated with them, and you’re not really sure why you need them. At Campbell & Schmidt Cosmetic & Family Dentistry we welcome your questions, and your Vernon Hills dentist has answers for you!
Why Do I Need X-Rays?
X-rays help your dentist to see things that are happening inside your mouth that might not be detected with just an examination. Early detection gives you the opportunity to treat certain issues with less invasive and costly procedures when you’re proactive about your oral health.
For example, we can see tooth decay developing in its very early stages with an x-ray, and this allows you to make changes to your home care that might reverse the situation before treatment is necessary.
How Safe Are Dental X-Rays?
At Campbell & Schmidt Cosmetic & Family Dentistry we utilize digital x-rays, and the number one reason is because they are safer and emit 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays. In fact, you would probably receive more radiation from a day spent out in the sun than you would from a digital x-ray.
They’re also better for the environment as there are no harsh chemicals required for development. Digital images are much clearer and readily available in seconds so we can discuss your treatment needs with you right away. They’re also easy to share or transfer to other health care providers we may be working with.
How Often Do I Need X-Rays?
For most patients, we recommend that a set of x-rays be taken once a year. This is typically done during one of your routine cleaning and checkups. Taking x-rays consistently also gives us a yearly baseline to look at as we monitor your oral health over the years.
If you’re experiencing dental pain or sensitivity, we may take a more specific x-ray of just one tooth to determine the cause of the issue.
Contact Campbell & Schmidt Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
At Campbell & Schmidt Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, we’re committed to making your experience at our office the best it can be, and utilizing state-of-the-art technology such as digital x-rays is one way we do this.
If you have questions or concerns about x-rays, or if it’s time to schedule your next appointment, give your dentist in Vernon Hills a call today!