WHY X-RAYS ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR DENTAL EXAMINATION
Radio graph examination of the mouth and teeth is important in the diagnosis and management of many dental conditions. Radio graphs (X-Rays) are used to detect problems that may not be seen during your routine dental examination before signs and symptoms occur.
Examples of such dental conditions can include cysts, infection, tooth decay, tartar under the gums and bone loss from gum disease.
It is important to detect problems early as this can lead to less invasive treatment option or better sill aid in the PREVENTION of dental disease.
How many radio graphs and how often they are taken depends on a patients individual risk of developing dental disease. Age, dental history, general health, symptoms and results from clinical observations help determine your individual risk.
It is important for new patients to our practice to have radio graphs to aid thorough examination and diagnosis to establish a baseline to assess further risk and determine the frequency of further radio graphs.
Modern dental practices have greatly reduced risks associated with radiation exposure. Our equipment complies with Australian standards and our dentists and hygienists at Courtney Dental follow guidelines to minimize radiation exposure, including the use of the digital imaging equipment.