Our digital dental x-rays are very safe because they expose our patients to as much as 80 percent less radiation than film x-rays. They are also an invaluable diagnostic tool our dentists use to see areas of your teeth and gums they can’t see with a visual exam, such as cavities inside teeth or between teeth and hidden gum disease.
Dental X-Rays and Preventive Dentistry
Dental x-rays allow us to see these issues in their early stages and treat them as soon as possible. And that’s the goal of prevention—to promptly treat small issues before they worsen and threaten your oral health. When we do, we can help you avoid dental pain and more complex or costly dental procedures in the future.
Also, many patients don’t realize that they are exposed to radiation every time they step outdoors, in the soil, rocks, and atmosphere. The level of radiation to which you are exposed with a dental x-ray is highly controlled, and the benefits to your oral health far outweigh the minimal risks.
What We Look for with Dental X-Rays
Some issues that our dental team looks for on x-rays are:
- Cavities inside and between teeth
- Tooth decay under existing fillings
- Jawbone loss
- Position and condition of teeth
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Root canal abscesses and infections
At Woodbury Dental Care, we only take dental x-rays as needed. If an x-ray is necessary, our team will tell you why, what they can learn, and how it will benefit you.
Call Us to Schedule a Dental Exam
If you have questions about the safety of digital x-rays or would like to schedule your next checkup, please call our Woodbury, MN, dental office so that we can help you.