Are you concerned about X-ray radiation? Read our article below to understand better our digital dental X-rays in our upper mount Gravatt dental clinic.
Did you Know?
Like icebergs, 90% of carious lesions are hidden beneath the surface. Dentists need X-RAYs to check beneath the surface.
Are dental X-rays safe in Pure Dentistry?
At Pure Dentistry, we use the latest technology. Our X-ray machine is very modern and provides half the radiation compared to other X-ray machines and provides a quality contrasted image. The dose received by our patients is indicated on the screen after each exposure. The technology used in our practice avoids the risk of over-exposing and unnecessary re-takes. Our digital X-ray is very safe and provides minimal exposure to adults, pregnant women and children.
Why do we use digital dental radiography in Pure Dentistry?
During your dental exam appointment, the dentist will do a visual inspection of your teeth and your gum. X-rays allow your dentist to see what’s happening under the surface and between your teeth. Your tooth may look ok from the surface, yet its health is being compromised from the inside. Our x-ray machine provides sharp images from inside your tooth. It can also show any recurrent decay underneath old fillings.
Dental X-rays, why do dentists need them?
Many Dentists believe that X-rays are necessary for any dental treatment plan. Dental X-rays are used as a diagnostic tool to reveal hidden issues. Your dentist also uses X-rays as a preventative measure. When you do your six monthly check-ups and your dentist requests you to take x-rays, they are trying to detect oral health issues before they turn into major dental issues.
What do dentists use dental X-rays for?
Dentists use dental X-rays to find cavities, gum diseases or some infections in the mouth. If your dentist is trying to find cavities in a tooth of yours, she may request an intraoral x-ray because an intra-oral xray provides a high level of detail about the tooth.
When the dentist wants to look at the tooth roots in preparation for tooth extraction, she will request an intra-oral x-ray to inspect the roots, surrounding bones and supporting tissues around that tooth. In children’s dentistry, an X-ray is used to monitor the status of kids’ developing teeth.
How often do I need dental X-rays?
How often you need dental X-rays depends on how your teeth change from healthy to unhealthy. This depends on your age and your risk for oral issues. Dentists tend to take digital xrays in the first visit and then usually every two (2) years if not needing monitoring of a specific issue that may need more frequent x-rays.
Should I avoid dental xrays?
Our dentists consider your medical and health history and judge based on risk assessment. Many oral diseases are not detectable without an X-ray.
Dental X-rays are the only way your dentist can find certain oral health issues in your mouth. The benefits of a quality dental X-ray to your oral health outweighs its associated risks, so you should not avoid dental X-ray without any reason.
How many types of dental X-rays are there?
In general, there are two types of dental X-rays. The ones taken inside your mouth are called the intraoral X-rays, and those taken from outside your mouth are called extraoral X-rays.
If the dentist requires an image to view your entire tooth from its crown to the bone, she will request a periapical x-ray. Dentists use occlusal x-ray images in children’s dentistry to examine children’s tooth development and see the baby and adult teeth.
Your dentist uses a bite-wing x-ray to view the upper and the lower posterior teeth. It is a good image to detect decay between your back teeth.
When dentists are interested in viewing sinuses, joints of your jaw, and the nasal area or when the patient is interested in orthodontic treatment (straightening teeth) or implant placement, they use a panoramic x-ray image.
How long does it take to take an x-ray in Pure Dentistry?
We perform digital X-rays in our clinic, which takes approximately 1 minute. If your dentist requires you to provide an OPG (OPG is a wide-view x-ray of the lower face), we refer you to Queensland X-ray 3349 8855, which is within walking distance of our clinic. QLD x-ray address: Ground Floor, 1985 Logan Rd, Upper Mount Gravatt QLD 4122, and the service is Bulk Billed through Medicare.
Is it uncomfortable to take an X-ray in your clinic?
With modern technology, you should not feel uncomfortable. X-ray is painless. It is a quick process, and you should not worry about pain regarding dental X-rays.
“I don’t want all that radiation hitting my head again!”
Digital X-ray is very sensitive to X-ray radiation and is designed to minimise patient exposure to X-ray radiation.
With the advent of digital X-rays, you should not worry about X-ray radiation as much as the old technology used to use 18 separate films to produce an image of your teeth. The amount of x-ray radiation you receive from a single dental digital x-ray (0.1 millirems) is far less than the level of radiation you receive when you fly from Brisbane to Melbourne (1 millirem).
Still concerned about x-ray radiation?
Ask our staff to provide you with a heavy lead apron cover. The lead shields your body against the x-ray beams. We tend to use the lead apron for pregnant women just for the peace of mind.
Should you have further questions, do not hesitate to call us on 3343 4869 or send us an email from our website.