In our Media PA dental office, we know that the dental X-ray is an important tool in detecting abnormalities of the teeth, gums, bone and surrounding tissues. An X-ray can pick up hidden cavities, infections in the bone, cysts and some types of tumors, as well as teeth that have not developed normally.
Are dental X-Rays safe?
Absolutely. Every human on earth receives daily small amounts of radiation – from natural minerals in the soil, radon, and radiation from outer space. Advances in X-ray equipment, such as the state-of-the-art digital radiography we use in our Media PA dental office, ensure that you receive only a tiny amount of radiation from a dental exam. In fact, a full-mouth series of X-Rays, using today’s technology, exposes you to less radiation than a three-hour airplane flight, or about the same exposure as living 19 days on earth.
How often are X-Rays needed?
This depends on the individual patient and their oral health needs. For new patients in our Media PA dental office, we obtain digital X-rays to help determine the current condition of their mouth and to check for hidden problems. The need for periodic X-Rays is based on your age, risk for disease, and past dental history.
Do children need X-Rays?
Yes, but usually not for the first few years. Dr. Bodak, a Media PA dentist, waits until the permanent teeth have appeared, at about 6 years of age. Cavities are more common in children, and radiographs can lead to early treatment. X-rays can also detect developmental issues early, so that preventative or corrective treatment can be started, preventing bigger problems later.
Can I refuse X-Rays?
Yes, but you are removing an important diagnostic tool from your dentist’s hands. Disease beneath the surface may be present, but not visible. Your dentist may ask that you sign a form indicating your refusal, and that you have been advised of the need for diagnostic X-Rays, the benefits of radiographs and the consequences of late diagnosis.
So, in summary…?
At our Media Pa dental office, Digital X-Rays are painless, safe, and an indispensable tool for your oral health. Today’s state-of-the-art digital radiographs pose no added risk, and they can help detect disease early, while it is still easily treatable far less costly. At MediaPADentist, we display your digital X-Rays on a large computer screen, allowing you to see and understand more than ever before about your own oral health.