Western Prosthodontic Centre

Are dental x-rays necessary? Are they safe?

Dr and Xrays | Western Prosthodontic Centre While many oral conditions are detectable with a visual exam, much of what happens with the anatomy of a tooth happens below the surface. Decay, bone loss, root fractures, and developmental conditions can appear normal upon inspection. A dental x-ray may reveal another story.

For the benefit and safety of our patients, we use digital x-rays at Western Prosthodontic Centre. Not only are digital x-rays better for our patients, they are also better for our environment, eliminating the chemicals required for development.

Digital dental x-rays emit up to 80 per cent less radiation than traditional film x-rays. We recommend only the x-rays necessary to detect and diagnose dental conditions before they progress into a more serious issue.

As with all of our treatment recommendations, we take a personal approach and base the frequency of your x-rays on your current oral conditions, your past dental history and any changes you may report in the health of your teeth or gums.

Dr Bradley Shepherd will promptly review your x-rays and we will alert you to any changes with your oral health that require professional attention.

By opting for preventive and early diagnostic treatments, it is possible to avoid more costly and complex procedures in the future.

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