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Dental x-rays are diagnostic procedures used to examine the teeth and reveal information and signs which may not be visible to the naked eye. Dentists use the information obtained from x-rays to diagnose hidden dental abnormalities, underlying decay problems and design the right treatment plans. Without dental x-rays, some dental problems like; bone loss, cysts, tooth decay, tumours and development abnormalities may go undetected.
Dental x-rays are safe but their need is determined by an individual’s dental health needs. Dentists recommend x-rays based on an individual’s dental and medical history, risk of certain dental diseases, age, present signs and symptoms. However, dentists take precautions to reduce a patient’s exposure to radiation during the x-rays. The precautions include; use of lead apron shields and modern digital X-Ray technology to reduce exposure significantly.
Detecting and treating dental disease early cansaves time, money, discomfort and save teeth from decay and serious periodontal diseases.