Are Dental X-Rays Dangerous?

Dental X-Rays

Dental X-rays are an essential part of your health record and a useful tool for your dentist.

Sometimes teeth can look healthy on the surface. But your dentist can check to see if there is any decay under the enamel, possible infections in the root or bone loss around your teeth. This makes it easier to spot and treat issues as early as possible.

X-rays may be recommended every six to 24 months depending on the individual, age, history of decay and the condition of their mouth.

In children X-rays are useful in determining whether there is enough space for teeth to come through. In adults, X-rays are useful for detecting if impacted wisdom teeth need removing before they cause any problems

However, it is important to let your dentist know if you are pregnant. The dentist will not do any X-rays within the first three months unless it is vital.

There are different types of X-rays – some show one or two teeth and their roots. These are the most common as they can help keep check of the condition of your teeth and gums. Panoramic X-rays can take pictures of the whole mouth including all the teeth the supporting bone structure.

There are also imaging systems in use today, which use electronic probes instead of X-ray films and they transmit the picture directly on the screen.

While it’s true that dental X-rays give off radiation, the amount is actually extremely small. We get more radiation from our general environment and natural sources in comparison.

Dental X-rays are crucial towards helping your dentist see in between your teeth and underneath fillings. In the long run, they can help find and treat dental issues at an early stage which can save you a lot of time and money.

If you are pregnant then  tell your dentist as they will take extra care and only use X-rays if necessary!


Unsure about your dental health? Find your nearest Synergy Dental Clinic to book an appointment.

A version of this blog post first appeared in the Bury Times in March 2017

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