Do I Really Need X-Rays?

Do I Really Need X-Rays?

Do I Really Need X-Rays?

DO I REALLY NEED X-RAYS?MAY_0058

The answer is YES, you really do! But first of all we need to clear up some misconceptions about x-rays.  Unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation about x-rays.  From the erroneous belief that it is cancer-causing, to the notion of it causing a breakdown in your thyroid, or multiple head tumors, we must rely on all of the facts.  First of all we need to know that x-rays are not even being called x-rays anymore because of the sheer low-dose of ionization.  Here at Pearl Street Dental we use a very fast film called digital photography. We take a picture and it immediately shows up on our computer.  This immediate imaging is a smaller dose of ionization in comparison to that given off by your television, microwave or cell phone.  The equipment used in digital photography exposes dental patients to much less radiation.  In fact, digital photography uses up to 90 percent less radiation than film X-rays.  THERE HAVE BEEN NO PROVEN FACTS DIRECTLY LINKING CANCER TO DENTAL PHOTOGRAPHY.

WHY DO WE TAKE DIGITAL PHOTOS?
There are a number of clinical reasons as to why we use digital imaging.  For one, we get to see a clear 2-D photo of your teeth. We can detect for disease processes like cavities, we can assess bone levels as we monitor periodontal disease, and we check for abnormalities within the mouth and tooth structures.

Another clinical reason for taking digital imaging is to provide you with the best standard of care practices that we can offer.  By taking digital imaging we gain a baseline to your health, now and in the future.  Think of it similarly to when you see your physician.  Your temperature and your weight are taken at each appointment to evaluate health or disease.  Digital imaging is similar.

Our schedule for digital x-rays are as follows:

  1. 4 pictures (2 on the right, 2 on the left) to detect for cavities and/or bone loss- each year.
  1. 1 panoramic film every 5 years allows us to check bone levels, disease processes, evaluation of wisdom teeth, bone density health, implant and crown health, orthodontia, and any abnormalities existing within the oral cavity.
  1. Having a regular schedule of digital imaging allows us, as your oral care specialists, to do side by side comparisons in the event that a problem should arise.  This also allows us to collaborate with your physician or other specialists so that we can provide the best care.

We at Pearl Street Dental want the very best for our patients and it is with great research and due diligence that we provide these facts for you.

Cheers!

Dr. Higgins

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