Are dental x-rays harmful?
First, let’s discuss why x-rays are needed at your dental visit. X-rays are a tool used to help Dr. Michaelson detect disease and damage that is not easily seen during a visual exam. As a new patient to the practice, we will first start with a series of x-rays that is referred to as an FMX (full mouth x-rays). This includes 18 individual pictures, to view between the teeth and roots of the teeth. This series gives us a baseline to identify decay or disease in the bone and teeth. We also use this series to help identify changes that can occur later.
Why digital x-rays are better than film x-rays
Digital x-rays show up within seconds of taking them on a monitor. Unlike film x-rays which we would have to process, digital x-rays allow us to see what’s going on immediately. They can be enhanced, enlarged, and changed to see the density better. We can easily email them to other specialists if you are recommended to see one. And most of important they expose patients to 90% less radiation than traditional film x-rays. Patients that are exposed to radiation in an FMX is equal to the amount of radiation you get on a two-hour plane ride.
Once a year we will take a series of 6 x-rays to evaluate the bone and in between the teeth for cavities. For a patient that is not very decay prone or has not had a history of gum disease, we will take the full series (FMX) about every 4-5 years. Patients that have a history of bone loss or gum disease or have had a higher than average amount of dental treatment performed, we may suggest taking the full series every 3-4 years.
Dental X-Rays in Orlando, FL.
If you are looking to get dental x-rays, contact Alafaya Center for Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. We are happy to get you an appointment and to get you your healthiest smile.