There are a number of reasons why an Edmonton dentist may recommend that you have a dental X-ray done. Dental X-rays are crucial tools for diagnosing dental health problems and tracking dental health over time. They provide important information that can help an Edmonton dental clinic serve you better. At Azarko Dental Group we understand that some people wonder whether dental X-rays are safe, and we always make sure to address our patients' concerns.
Dental X-rays do utilize radiation in order to work. However, the level of radiation which is required is incredibly small and incredibly unlikely to cause any ill effects. There are a number of tools and techniques which can lower the amount of radiation that a person is exposed to during a dental X-ray even more, such as the use of protective leaded aprons and thyroid collars. Furthermore, today's digital X-rays utilize significantly lower levels of radiation than conventional X-rays.
Dental professionals at any dental clinic in Edmonton, Alberta take every precaution to make sure that dental X-rays are safe and not exposing patients to any harm. They adhere to the Canadian Dental Association's Position on Control of X-Radiation in Dentistry, which demands professional competence in regards to the use of X-ray equipment in a dental office. When an X-ray is needed, dentists follow the "As Low As Reasonably Achievable" principle, which states that the level of radiation exposure should not be any higher than it absolutely needs to be.
When an Edmonton dentist takes all of the right precautions, it can even be safe to have dental X-rays taken while you are pregnant. However, you should always tell your dentist if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant so that you can be sure the right precautions are taken.
How often and when dental X-rays need to be taken depends on many different factors. As was mentioned above, X-rays can help an Edmonton dentist diagnose dental health problems and therefore figure out the best course of action. They are also needed more frequently in children than in adults because children's teeth and jaws are still growing and are changing quite rapidly. Dental X-rays can reveal whether everything is developing as it should be.
Additionally, a dental X-ray is usually taken upon your first visit to a new Edmonton dental clinic. This is done so that your new clinic can get a good idea of the current state of your dental health and to identify any changes to your dental heath later on.
At Azarko Dental Group we explain to all new and existing patients why we may be recommending a dental X-ray, and we use digital X-ray technology to ensure limited radiation exposure. If you're looking for a committed and experienced team to help you maintain good dental health, don't hesitate to get on touch with our dental clinic today.
14938 Stony Plain Rd.
Edmonton, AB T5P 3X8