X-rays are one of the most important diagnostic tools used by a dentist. An examination of your teeth and supporting structures is never complete without the exposure of X rays. They ensure a comprehensive and thorough examination as it helps to make accurate diagnoses and plan treatments better[1]

Are you worried about radiation from dental X rays?

With advancements in technology, the amount of radiation utilised in dental X rays are very minimal. As a prospective patient, if you are worried about exposure of X rays please discuss the same with your dentist.[1]

Types of X rays commonly used

  1. Intra oral X rays: These are the most commonly employed form of X ray and involves instant exposure chair side.
  2. Orthopantomogram (OPG): Panoramic radiographs allow for a wide view of the mouth. It is considered a great tool to assist in diagnosis of gum disease and to assess wisdom teeth.
  3. Computed tomography (CT): CT scans are used in planning treatment for endodontics and Implant placement {2}

Are X-rays actually needed?

Dentists only use x-rays if required. They are used as a diagnostic aid during routine dental examinations. It is advised to have X rays exposed if you present with clinical signs of tooth decay or oral disease.
Uses of dental X rays include:

  • diagnosis of dental caries
  • diagnosis of gum and periodontal disease
  • diagnosis of tooth vitality or detection of infections
  • decay under existing fillings and restorations
  • adjunct to treatment planning

How safe is radiation?

Radiation exposure from dental X rays are usually considered the same as you would be exposed on a short flight from Melbourne- Sydney. If you are concerned with the radiation exposure from dental X rays, please contact your dentist.

Dentists normally do not expose X rays unless strictly required for pregnant women.

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References
[1] Australian Dental Association. Dental X-rays [Online] 2016 [Accessed Jan 2019] Available from: https://www.ada.org.au/Your-Dental-Health/Younger-Adults-18-30/Dental-X-Rays

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