Ever since X-rays were made practical to use, dentists have relied upon them to aid in the discovery of cavities and other forms of pathology that cannot be detected visually during a dental exam.
Advancements in imaging technology have allowed us to better detect and diagnose oral health problems. These methods involve some form of radiation exposure. Radiation is present in just about everything from one degree to another, including spending time out in the sun, or a 30-minute plane flight. With digital imaging, radiation is limited at times by 95 percent of a traditional film x-ray.
With digital x-rays we can catch that cavity well before you feel it. Without an x-ray, it could linger (painlessly even), until the tooth becomes infected, resulting in either a root canal, or you can lose the tooth.
That's a heavy price to pay so the x-ray is well worth it!
Two Rivers Dentistry is open five days a week to answer any dental questions. Our phone 208-983-1651. We're also online at tworiversdentist.com.