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WHAT ARE DENTAL X-RAYS USED FOR? Dental Solutions X-rays, also known as radiographs, are an essential part of any dental care treatment plan. They are diagnostic, but they can also be preventive, by helping a dentist diagnose potential oral care issues in a patient’s mouth before they become a major problem. X-rays allow dentists to: • Find cavities • Look at the tooth roots • Check the health of the bony area around the tooth • Determine if periodontal disease is an oral care issue • Otherwise, monitor good tooth health through prevention According to the ADA, many diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen when your dentist examines your mouth without X-rays. An X-ray may reveal: • Small areas of decay between the teeth or below existing fi llings • Periodontal disease • Abscesses or cysts • Developmental abnormalities • Some types of tumors Dental X-ray exams are safe; they do require very low levels of radiation exposure, which makes the risk of potentially harmful effects very small. Dental X-ray tools and techniques are designed to limit the body’s exposure to radiation and every precaution is taken to ensure that radiation exposure is as low as reasonably achievable. Elahe P. Wissinger, DMD Graduate of Boston University, Member ADA RADIATION DOSE CHART DENTAL X-RAY MICROSIEVERTS (μSv) MAMMOGRAM MICROSIEVERTS (μSv) 2504 E. River Rd. (Just East of Campbell) 5 400 520-745-5496 EDentalSolutions.net We Accept Dental Insurance MICROSIEVERTS (μSv) 100 CHEST X-RAY AVERAGE YEARLY ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURE MICROSIEVERTS (μSv) VIRTUAL (CT) COLONOSCOPY MICROSIEVERTS (μSv) 3,000 10,000 CT SCAN OF THE ABDOMEN AND PELVIS MICROSIEVERTS (μSv) 15,000

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