Be Well Dental

Do I really need dental x-rays?

Digital x-rays are a common sight during routine dental exams and a standard diagnostic tool, allowing Dr Bao and Dr Will to look for early signs of tooth decay, infection and disease. We also monitor teeth placement for young children and determine if orthodontic treatment is necessary for adolescents and adults. 

X-rays allow us to observe your oral health at a level that is not visible to the naked eye. While we typically deploy digital x-rays yearly, we may use them more frequently if needed.

Factors That Can Affect the Frequency of Digital X-Rays

  • Your age
  • An underlying dental issue that we need to observe
  • Current oral health
  • History of dental issues
  • History of gum disease or tooth decay

Are Digital X-Rays Safe?

There have been debates that centred around the safety of digital x-rays. As dental technology continuously improves, we have developed more sophisticated diagnostic tools and x-rays that minimise your radiation exposure. 

Digital x-rays, in fact, cut down ration exposure by half. Since they don't require traditional film, they are also safer for the environment.

Digital x-rays allow us to see between teeth or under dental restorations to detect tooth decay and more. Once we have diagnosed a dental issue, we can take preventive action to protect your teeth, gums, tissues and jaw bone. 

We also look for infection, oral cancer, cysts and diseases. 

Digital x-rays are instrumental in maintaining your oral health, as well as placing dental implants and orthodontic treatment. 

Dental X-Rays Keep Your Teeth and Gums Strong

Since digital x-rays are a valuable asset, we are happy to use them as needed to identify and treat oral health concerns. 
Feel free to ask us about dental x-rays during your dental cleans and exam.