Dr Hartman Dentistry; Huntingdon, PA | The Good, The Bad, and The Benefits of X-Rays

Dental x-rays are images that allow us to see the density of enamel, bone and soft tissue. Dental x-rays help your dentist in Huntingdon, PA visualize diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues that cannot be seen with a simple oral examination. This can help your dentist find and treat problems early in their development, which can potentially save you from advancing decay or disease, your hard earned money, and in some cases your life. Oral cancer is on the rise and an dental x-ray could save your life.

The darkness and lightness that appears on a dental x-ray enables us to see the presents of tooth decay, infection, damage from a dental injury, break down of restorations, periodontal disease, root canal treatment, position of primary and permanent teeth, and formation of cysts, tumors and abscesses. Dental x-rays are an indispensable tool for a dentist Huntingdon, PA to use to detect disease.

Now that we covered the benefits of dental x-rays, let’s talk about the bad. The bad is simple, dental x-rays produce radiation. Exposure to all sources of radiation, including the sun, minerals in the soil, appliances, airplanes, and living in an area of high elevation can damage tissues and cells that can lead to the development of cancer. Fortunately, the doses of radiation from a dental x-ray are extremely small. Most progressive dental offices Huntingdon, PA now have made the switch to digital dental x-rays, which is the safest way to receive a dental x-ray.

How’s this to set your mind at ease. Taking a four hour boat outing, you will receive the same radiation as four bitewing x-rays. Also, sitting in front of your T.V. or computer screen for 4 hours you will receive the same amount of radiation as four bitewing x-rays. Bitewing x-rays are the most common dental x-rays taken and they detect decay and disease. On a one-way flight to Denver you will receive the same amount of radiation as one panorex x-ray. A panorex is a dental x-ray that allows us to see everything from your eyes to under your chin. This dental x-ray could save your life if a tumor is detected early. Most dental offices in Huntingdon, PA take this x-ray every 3 years. Now that you have something to compare the radiation levels you can make a more sound decision regarding dental x-rays. One last thing to remember, all dental offices in Huntingdon, PA cover you with a lead apron so that from the neck down you receive zero radiation.

I believe; patients who do not consent to a reasonable amount of radiography run a greater risk of dental disease which when left undiagnosed may cause an even greater health hazard and medical expenses, than the radiograph itself. You weigh the Good and the Bad and make a decision you can live with.

For more information on dental x-rays go to the two sites I use, www.oralcancerfoundation.com, www.doctorspiller.com, and www.dentalgentlecare.com/x-ray_safety.htm. Or call Heather Metzler RDH at Dr. Jeffery Hartman’s Smiles For Life Office at 814-642-9414. You can also access our website: Dr Hartman Dentistry in Huntingdon, PA

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