What Are Dental X-Rays?

What Are Dental X-Rays?

Posted by Dr. Tilden on Apr 1 2022, 09:44 AM

Dental X-rays help dentists to see disorders of the teeth and surrounding tissue that are not visible during a routine oral checkup. They also assist in detecting and treating any tooth issues in their early stages.

Why Are Dental X-Rays Needed?

Radiographs or X-Rays allow your dentist to view between and inside your teeth. Dental X-rays are essential because they provide your dentist with a complete view. They help your dentists to assess the condition of your teeth, roots, jaw positioning, and facial bone structure. 

What Can a Dental X-Ray Detect?

  • Show regions of decay that may not be evident during an oral examination, especially tiny areas of decay between teeth.
  • Show the bone loss that occurs as a result of gum disease.
  • Infection can cause changes in the bone or the root canal.
  • Assist in preparing dental implants, braces, dentures, and other dental operations.
  • Identify an abscess, an infection at the root of a tooth or between the gum and a tooth.

Is Dental X-Ray Safe?

While dental X-rays do include radiation, the amounts of exposure are so minimal that they are deemed safe for children and adults. Your radiation exposure risks are further reduced if your dentist utilizes digital X-rays instead of processing them on film. 

Inform your dentist if you are pregnant. Avoid all types of X-rays in pregnancy.

Cost for Dental X-Ray

The cost of dental X-rays is determined based on factors like the type of X-ray required and your dental insurance coverage. Your dentist is the best person to assist you with how much your X-ray will cost. 

In terms of insurance, most dental insurance policies cover the expense of your X-rays. If you are uninsured, speak with your dentist about a payment plan if one is required.

Dental X-Ray for You

Everyone's dental health is unique. Some persons who have recently been diagnosed with gum or dental disease may require X-rays every six months, but others who do not have continuous dental treatment may only require an X-ray every couple of years.

Getting a dental X-ray may not be a pleasant experience. But don't forget that they are a valuable tool for detecting tooth decay and other dental issues as early as possible, saving you money and agony while keeping your smile beautiful! 

Visit Tilden Dental Group for accurate dental X-Ray diagnoses to improve your oral health. For more tips and comprehensive dental care, visit Tilden Dental Group at 331 E Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60611. Call us at (312) 664-6616 for appointments.

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