The benefits of dental X-rays are huge.
Radiographs are a very important part of dentistry. Your teeth are embedded in your jaw, so without X-rays we can only see half the story.
An image is formed by passing X-rays through an object (e.g. your tooth) onto a plate which is then immediately transmitted into the computer.
The digital image provides essential information needed to help diagnose any problem or detect hidden decay before it causes problems.
Digital X-rays emit minimal radiation (a fraction of standard X-rays that are projected onto film), are very accurate in the images they can capture, are quick, and are therefore an excellent diagnostic tool.
Understanding Radiation Exposure
As a comparison, the amount of radiation that you are exposed to from a single digital X-ray taken in the surgery is equivalent to:
An air flight from Sydney to Melbourne
The background radiation we absorb in half a day by simply living in Sydney
The amount of radiation you absorb if you were to eat 36 bananas!
As you can see, the radiation we get from digital dental X-rays is negligible.
We absorb more radiation just by “living” than we do having an X-ray taken of our teeth.
But the benefits of dental X-rays are huge.
With X-rays we can see a cavity well before you may feel it — without an X-ray, it could progress (even painlessly), until the tooth becomes infected and requires either root canal therapy or extraction.
That’s a heavy price to pay — the X-ray is well worth it.
Speak to us if you have any concerns about digital x-rays