Monday, 26 January 2015

Do I Really Need X-Rays?

X-Rays are an important part of your regular check-ups. These images provide Dr. Thomm with valuable information about your teeth that might otherwise not be visible. X-Rays can be used to diagnose: tooth decay, bone loss, cysts, abscesses, cancerous & non-cancerous tumors, developmental abnormalities, poor root positioning and other hidden problems that can occur inside a tooth or below your gum line.

X-Rays can also be utilized to help educate you on the treatment that Dr. Thomm recommends. Images can be enlarged, lightened and darkened to help you see and understand what’s happening inside your mouth. When combined with Intra-Oral Camera images, Dr. Thomm can effectively show you exactly where a problem area resides and recommend the appropriate treatment.

Another great benefit is that Dr. Thomm uses only digital radiography in her office. The use of digital X-Rays has reduced the level of radiation by 80-90 per cent when compared to traditional x-rays. To put this in perspective, the radiation from 2 digital x-rays is equivalent to spending approximately 30 minutes outside in the sun. In other words, a person would need to have 10,000 x-rays taken in 1 year to reach the maximum allowable dose of radiation.

X-Rays are an important component of your overall oral health. To take advantage of this latest technology, contact our office to schedule your appointment today with Dr.Jennifer Thomm at Great Lakes Dental.

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