Dentist Indianapolis Dental X-Rays

Indianapolis, IN Dentist Shares Everything You Need to Know About X-Rays

Dental X-Rays are one of the most common procedures for nearly all new patients to a dental office. Dental X-Rays are both diagnostic and preventative and are essential to your dental treatment plan. X-Rays help your Indianapolis, IN dentist to:
Detect cavities
See teeth roots
See the bone in your mouth and jaw
Diagnose periodontal disease
Look at developing teeth
Check the alignment of teeth
This list is not limited to this list however. Dentists need to use X-rays to get the full picture of what is happening inside of your mouth. 
What is an X-Ray?
An X-Ray, also called a radiograph, uses a type of energy called an X-Ray to see inside of your skin tissue. Dense materials like bones and organs absorb the x-rays and appear more opaque on the image. There are two types of dental x-rays--intraoral and extraoral. Intraoral x-rays are taken inside the mouth while extraoral are outside of the mouth. Extraoral are the most common, especially for new patients who are getting a routine set of x-rays done to see the overall condition of the mouth. 
How Often You Need an X-Ray
Every new patient will receive an x-ray during their new patient exam. Children and teenagers tend to need x-rays more often, sometimes once or twice a year as their teeth are developing, especially if they are having treatment for alignment issues. Children and adults with high frequency of cavities and/oral gingivitis will also need x-rays more frequently. 
Patients with Periodontal disease or who have extensive fillings, crowns or other metal and restorative procedures done need x-rays once a year to help the dentist detect and monitor decay underneath the unnatural portions of your mouth. 
Smokers and tobacco users should also have x-rays more often because they have a much higher risk for oral cancer and bone loss. 
Dental X-Ray Safety
Over the last few years dental x-rays have become much safer than before with lower radiation doses and better, faster film which means less exposure time to radiation. Digital X-rays have also decreased the amount of radiation a patient is exposed to by up to 80%. Your dentist or radiographer should still always cover you with a lead shield for all ages and thyroid collar if you are under 30. Women who are pregnant should only be x-rayed if medically necessary. 
Always make sure to ask your dentist any questions or concerns you have about your x-ray procedures and how they relate to your treatment plan. Tenth Street Dental can be reached at (317) 358-8885. We look forward to hearing from you!