At Troutdale Dental, our dentists, Dr. Clark Brinton, and Dr. Brian Hale can often identify oral conditions upon an oral examination. Decay, fractures, and wear are commonly visible to the naked eye or with high-powered loupes (magnifying glasses), but some diseases lurk below the surface of the enamel or are hidden by the gums or bone.
It is because these diseases can hide that we need assistance seeing what is happening inside the teeth and bone. Dental x-rays reveal oral health issues in their earliest stages when they are easier and more affordable to treat.
Since decay and infection do not cause significant pain until they are well advanced, we recommend routine dental x-rays to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Are Dental X-Rays Safe?
Since our x-rays are a digital system, you can rest assured that they are safe. The x-ray system we use emits up to 80 percent less radiation than previous film x-rays, and because they do not require developing, they eliminate many dangerous chemicals from our practice and ultimately our environment.
When you weigh the risks of x-rays alongside the benefits, it is easy to see that they are a necessary part of your preventive dental routine. If you want to talk about x-rays and their necessity, call or stop by our Troutdale, OR dental office.