Dental X-Rays are an important diagnostic tool in the prevention of dental disease. Routine x-rays allow our dental team to catch problem spots before they become major issues. If a cavity can be caught while it is in its early stages, diet changes may be able to prevent further progression. When a filling is needed, x-rays are used to catch the cavity while it can still be treated as a filling rather than progressing to a root canal or extraction.
Dental x-rays have significantly lower doses of radiation than other types of medical images such as CT scanners. Interestingly, the dose of radiation from dental x-rays is no more than the dosage received from flying in an airplane or eating bananas