Unfortunately, we do not have X-ray vision … so, we take X-rays!
At Subiaco Dental Practice we think X-rays (radiographs) are a very important diagnostic tool. They allow us to check areas we cannot clinically see, like in between your teeth. By taking dental X-rays it helps us detect potential issues early, reducing your risk of needing more complex dental treatment later on.
At Subiaco Dental Practice we use X-rays to detect:
- Dental decay
- Leakage around existing fillings, crown, bridges or root canal treated teeth
- Infections, abscesses or cysts within the mouth
- Presence and extent of gum and jaw bone disease
- Tooth development issues, such as position of unerupted teeth
- The amount and quality of bone in preparation for dental implants
- Locate the sinus in relation to the teeth
- Injuries from trauma, which may have caused tooth or bone fractures
- Location nerves and the root structure of teeth
Are dental X-rays safe?
Yes, they are safe. At Subiaco Dental Practice we use the latest in x-ray technology. This means that the amount of radiation produced is only small. It is actually similar to a 1-3hr flight!
Even though X-rays are safe because we are taking X-rays all day, we step out of the room to limit our ongoing exposure. So, don’t be alarmed when you see us leaving.
Also, whilst it is possible to take X-rays when someone is pregnant, at Subiaco Dental Practice, we prefer to keep this to a minimum. So, if you think you may be pregnant make sure you let the Subiaco Dental Practice team know.
At Subiaco Dental Practice we also understand that some people like to take extra precautions to limit their exposure to radiation. So, if you are concerned about radiation exposure, at Subiaco Dental Practice, we are pleased to be able to offer you a lead apron to wear.
How often do I have to have X-rays taken?
At Subiaco Dental Practice we will only take X-rays when we think they are necessary. But there are actually many different types of dental X-rays depending on what we are looking for. So, at Subiaco Dental Practice, we use your previous dental history and your risk factors for dental disease to decide how often they should be taken and to help us decide which type of X-ray we need to use.
At Subiaco Dental Practice we find X-rays to be an invaluable tool to help us ensure the best treatment outcomes for you!
But should you have any further concerns or questions please do not hesitate to call our friendly team on (08) 9388 8555 to discuss or next time you are visiting just ask us.