Dentist use (low dose) X-rays that pass through the body to create a X-ray photo or Radiograph.
These images allow the dentist to see deep into the tooth and its roots. They help do identify decay, poor fillings and to check for bone loss around teeth which is a sign of gum disease. X-rays may also help to check on the development of a child’s jaw. They also may check the state of previous dental work and also identify new problems.
At Stoke Road Dental Practice we use special holders (RINN HOLDERS) that you have to bite on to guarantee the X-ray is taken in the correct position. You will be asked to stay very still for a few seconds to ensure a high quality image. The x-ray will take a few minutes to be developed.
Common (small) radiographs taken at Stoke Road Dental Practice include:
- Bite Wings – these show detail of the back teeth and (in between) but not the roots.
- Periapical – shows the whole tooth and the root.
Larger radiographs or panoramic images are another type of image that show the whole jaw and teeth. For these images we may refer you a local hospital.
Regular training ensures the dentists make use of the X-ray equipment safely and improves the quality of the images taken.
“The radiation dose” – is very low, especially for the small x-rays that we take at Stoke Road Dental Practice.
X-rays are NOT taken as routine and are only taken if they are clinically needed.
Our machines are checked yearly to ensure they are working as required.
During pregnancy you may have dental radiographs safely. You may however, feel to delay the procedure till after the pregnancy – this is fine.
A thorough examination of the mouth and teeth does not always give all the information required. Routine (and even some advanced dental procedures) often rely on X-rays.