Richmond Family Dentist Answers Questions about Dental X-rays

Jul 12th, 2012 | By | Category: Dental Technology, Preventive Dentistry

Dental X-raysIs dental radiography safe?

Dental X-rays use a very small amount of radiation to obtain images of your teeth. In fact, radiation from different parts of our environment may give you more exposure than dental X-rays in one day. Our Richmond, CA dentist, Dr. Moiceanu also follows radiography guidelines from the American Dental Association, known as the ALARA principle, “As Low As Reasonably Possible.” We will take precautions for your absolute safety from using the fastest film speed, to employing the smallest sized X-ray beam possible, and providing lead aprons.

When do I need a dental X-ray?

Children and toddlers may need X-rays to determine the presence of dental caries and to check on tooth development. Adults will have X-rays periodically for dental checkups and cleanings to check for tooth decay beneath previous dental restorations such as crowns or fillings. Other reasons for dental X-rays include if you are at a heightened risk of tooth decay. This includes smokers, patients with chronic dry mouth, and gum disease sufferers. These diagnostic X-rays will also search for bone loss, cancerous lumps, and other threats to your oral health.

Why do I need an X-ray if I am getting dental implants?

Dental X-rays are not only helpful for diagnosing dental health conditions, but also for determining candidacy for dental restorations. For instance, dental implant candidates must have a healthy jawbone to support the biocompatible rod which holds the restoration in place. If there is not sufficient bone, jawbone grafting may be necessary, or the patient may consider mini dental implants.

Preventive Dentistry in Richmond, CA

At our Richmond dental office, Dr. Stefan Moiceanu offers dental X-rays to detect a variety of dental health issues and determine candidacy for dental restorations. To find out more about our preventive dentistry services, call our family dentistry in Richmond, CA at (510)758-7222.

 

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