Radiographs are an important part of your regular dental visits. Dental X-rays are necessary to help diagnose damage and disease not visible to the naked eye. How often X-rays should be taken depends on your present oral health, your age, your risk for disease, and any signs and symptoms of oral disease. For example, children may require X-rays more often than adults because their teeth and jaws are still developing and their teeth are more likely to be affected by tooth decay than those of adults.
If you are a new patient, the dentist may need current images to determine the present status of your oral health and have a baseline to help identify changes that may occur later. A new set of X-rays may be needed to help your dentist detect any new cavities, determine the status of your gum health or evaluate the growth and development of your teeth.
Dental radiographs are considered very safe, though they do require very low doses of radiation exposure which makes the risk of potentially harmful effects very small. Kelowna Dental Centre takes every precaution such as proper shielding to ensure radiation exposure is as low as reasonably achievable. Dental x-rays are one of the lowest radiation dose studies performed. A routine exam which includes 4 images is about the same exposure as a short flight (~1-2 hrs).
Kelowna Dental Centre uses digital technology which further reduces the exposure to much less radiation than traditional film x-rays. In fact, digital images use up to 90 percent less radiation than film X-rays, and they are more environmentally friendly.
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