Why do dentists take so many x-rays ?
X-Rays Detect Many Things
Dental X-rays are needed to detect dental decay (cavities), bone level, pathology, infections and status of existing dental work. At Bethlehem Town Family Dental, we have a system in place to determine what type and number of x-rays you may need at each recall appointment. The system takes into account your risk for dental decay, periodontal disease, and other abnormalities and assigns a frequency for x-rays. For example, if you are high risk for cavities, it means your chance of having a new cavity within 6 months is considerably high so we take a few x-rays every 6 months to screen for new cavities.
New Patient Procedure
For new patients, we will determine the type and number of x-rays you need based on your current dental condition. We do not just automatically take every single possible x-ray on every patient. We follow the rule of A.L.A.R.A. (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) on radiation exposure very seriously.
Your Safety is Our Concern
Rest assured, every x-ray taken in our office has a reason behind it and please feel free to ask us why. Digital X-rays have come a long way and has truly minimized the amount of radiation used. Please visit our "Digital X-rays" page to learn more.