Dental X-rays

1. Are dental x-rays safe?

The benefits of dental x-rays easily outweigh the slight risks. Lead aprons can reduce the risks by protecting vulnerable body parts. But be sure to tell your dentist if you might be pregnant.

2. Why does the dentist need x-rays of my mouth?

Studies show that without x-rays, dentists would miss more than 50% of the decay between teeth. X-rays are an aid in diagnosing dental problems such as abscesses, cysts, tumors, impacted teeth, and the extent of decay of the teeth.