Radiographs, also called X-rays, provide important information about the condition of your teeth, roots, jaw, and overall facial bone composition. X-rays can reveal the advanced nature of periodontal disease, as well as tumors and abscesses.
One of the most important roles of a dentist is the responsible prescription of dental radiographs. Dentists must weigh the benefits of taking radiographs against the potential harm that can be caused by radiation from any source.
Dr. Moore takes this issue seriously, and has taken steps to ensure that overall radiation exposure to his patients is minimized while diagnostic information is maximized. As of November 1, 2006, all radiographs are now digitized. The result is a reduction in radiation exposure of up to 80%, while yielding approximately 10 times more diagnostic information. We still, however, take special care to ensure that lead aprons are used to prevent exposure to surrounding areas of the body such as the head, neck and upper chest.
There are four basic kinds of X-rays that Dr. Moore may order:
Every adult should have:
Prescription of radiographs for children is even more patient-specific than for adults and is dependant on the cavity rate, state of physical and dental development, number and size of previous restorations, and oral hygiene of the child. Generally, children should have bitewing radiographs once every one to three years, and a panoramic radiograph as needed. In children the panoramic radiograph is used primarily to identify congenitally missing teeth, and/or to examine the third molars (wisdom teeth).