what are dental x rays?
Dental x-rays, also known as radiographs, are an essential part of a thorough dental care treatment plan. They are diagnostic, but they can also be preventative, by helping a dentist diagnose potential oral care issues in a patient’s mouth before they become a major problem.
These X-rays allow dentists and other oral health care professionals to:
- Find cavities
- Check the health of the bone supporting the teeth
- Look at the roots of the teeth
- Determine if periodontal disease is a concern
- See and assess developing teeth
- Identify pathology or an abnormal structures
- Treatment plan and perform procedures
why are they important?
Radiographs allow dentists to see inside a tooth and beneath the gums to assess the health of the bone and supporting tissues that hold teeth in place. Without x-rays we would not be performing a complete assessment as there are areas that cannot be seen with the naked eye.
how much do dental x-rays in Saskatoon and Regina cost?
X-rays start at $20.
how often do I need to get a x-rays taken?
If you do not have any concerns or symptoms we recommend that you get radiographs taken on a yearly basis in conjunction with an annual exam. For patients that are at high-risk of developing oral health conditions we may suggest more frequently. If you are having any pain or tenderness in or around your mouth we suggest you contact a dental professional as soon as possible as they may require an x-ray to determine the source of concern.
Even if you no longer have your natural teeth, it’s important to see your dentist for regular exams and x-rays to maintain your oral health and the structures that are below the tissues.
are x-rays safe?
Dental X-rays are very safe and expose the patient to a minimal amount of radiation. When all standard safety precautions are taken, today’s X-ray equipment is able to eliminate unnecessary radiation and allows the dentist to focus the X-ray beam on a specific part of the mouth. A lead apron protects the body from stray radiation.
simpli dental offers x-rays in Saskatoon and Regina.