Dental X-rays are an excellent tool that helps our dentists identify problems before they start causing severe consequences. Taking X-rays allows dentists to make a detailed visual assessment of a patient’s teeth and mouth tissue, which isn’t possible with the naked eye. With the Orthophos 3D X-ray, our dentists can effectively monitor changes and make appropriate diagnoses or treatment decisions based on their findings. It’s easy to overlook the importance of having dental X-rays taken, but they are often invaluable in maintaining good oral health.
The Orthophos 3D X-ray is a dental technology breakthrough designed to take x-rays quickly and with high accuracy. The device can scan the entire mouth in five seconds, providing an accurate two-dimensional image. With this level of detail and accuracy, dentists can be sure that their assessments are as effective as possible – from identifying cavities or impacted wisdom teeth to diagnosing jaw disorders such as temporomandibular joint syndrome. The Orthophos 3D X-ray is revolutionising the way dental treatment is being done, facilitating better care for all our patients.
When you come in for your consultation with OptiSmile, your dentist will chat about your general and dental health and any cosmetic dental procedures you may already have in mind. This will be followed by a dental examination, after which an X-ray may be recommended to help your dentist decide on the best course of treatment.
Process works as follows:
Generally, we recommend that you have X-rays done in the following instances:
Dental X-rays provide invaluable information to healthcare practitioners, which makes it essential for them to understand how safe they are. Generally, the amount of radiation exposure from a single dental X-ray is minuscule compared to other everyday activities. For example, the radiation received from a set of dental X-rays is about equal to that obtained from using technology like phones and computers. In addition, radiation can be found in building materials like ceramic tiles and granite countertops. Furthermore, the sun, stars and Earth emit background radiation daily. Despite these small levels of exposure, it is essential to remember that prolonged or excessive use of X-rays can have dangerous consequences, but not in the amounts associated with dental x-rays.
Many pregnant or breastfeeding women are reluctant to visit the dentist out of fear that radiation exposure might harm their babies. Fortunately, this is usually not the case – as studies have shown that radiation from dental X-rays is relatively small and has minimal effect on the foetus if any. Both the American Dental Association and American Pregnancy Association have stated that dental X-rays shouldn’t be avoided because of risk-related concerns. Even so, most dentists will choose to avoid taking an X-ray during pregnancy unless it’s necessary – a testament to how seriously professionals take their responsibility in caring for expectant mothers and their children.