Ask the Experts: X-rays

I’m concerned about having x-rays taken.  Are they really necessary?

Yes, x-rays are used to check for cavities in between teeth where we cannot see. They are also used to detect bone loss, abscesses and any abnormalities in your bone so they are caught at an early stage. Digital dental x-rays carry a low dose of radiation so the benefits outweigh the risks. Many times teeth appear fine in the mouth but have severe problems that can only be seen on the xrays.

For more information on digital xrays, visit our office website.  The next question will be printed on Aug 9 in the Gazette!

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