A good dentist will always have their patient’s dental and oral health at the top of their list of priorities. That means if we advise on how best you can prevent any dental problems from happening in the first place, you’ll be minimising the need for our services over the long run.
At Quigley Dental we believe if we can discover, identify and treat any oral health issues at the earliest possible stage, we’ll prevent the need to deal with more serious dental issues that may be developing or about to develop. The best thing you, as a dental patient can do is book a regular dental check-up at least once every six months. Part of this check-up should involve a dental x-ray so we can see exactly what’s going on in the internal workings of your teeth, roots and jaw. If we find anything concerning early we can provide dental solutions with the minimum of fuss and expense.
What do dental X-rays show?
Dental X-rays often show up early dental problems that you may not be aware of and that your dentist can’t pick up with the naked eye.
Catching dental problems early can prevent them from developing into more serious conditions that could pose a threat to your dental or overall health. Early diagnosis also means avoiding more extensive, painful and expensive treatment later further down the line.
Dental X-rays also provide a valuable reassurance that nothing has been missed during your regular dental check-up and examination. We can rule out everything from hidden cavities to early signs of mouth cancer so you leave the dental practice knowing your teeth and oral health are in tip-top condition.
X-rays are an effective dental diagnostic tool
Dental X-rays reveal the condition of the inside of your teeth and jawbone and provide a vital tool in identifying any early-onset dental disease hidden within the teeth, below the gums or in the supporting tissues and gums within your mouth.
X-ray images help our dentists target specific issues to help them with deep treatments such as root-canal surgery and dental implants.
Should your dentist discover the presence of any issues such as an abscess, cyst or unusual mass, they can use the X-ray to help more accurately diagnose the issue and either treat the condition themselves or refer you on to another medical specialist to receive appropriate treatment.
Most often, dentists will use X-rays to establish and monitor patients suffering from periodontal disease as the progress of the condition can be closely monitored through regular X-rays.
Are Dental X-rays dangerous?
It’s not unusual for patients to ask us if there are any risks to being exposed to X-rays. The short answer is any risk to X-ray exposure are so low as to be deemed negligible. You’ll receive a short blast of very low-level radiation during your X-ray and the equipment we use to take your images are specially designed to reduce the amount of radiation you’re exposed to so it’s kept to an absolute minimum. It’s the equivalent exposure to watching TV or using your smartphone.
If you’re still concerned about having a dental X-ray please discuss this with your dentist and we’ll provide further reassurance.
Please contact us if you are looking for a Dentist in Sidcup or a Dentist in Northfleet.