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Are dental x-rays dangerous?

At the St. Paul dentist office of Dr. Nick Schulte, we are big proponents of preventive dental care to prevent costly and painful oral health problems from ever occurring.

55116 Dentist Showing patient a dental x-ray at Brimhall DentistryAmong our important and essential diagnostic tools are dental x-rays. They are widely considered to be very safe; they produce extremely low doses of radiation, emitting a fraction of what people are normally exposed to from other imaging tools.

Are you worried about dental x-rays and if you should skip this procedure?

Let's go over what dental x-rays are and how they work. 

If dental x-rays are administered properly with the advised safety precautions, there's very little room for danger. In fact, a dental exam with x-rays is equal to the same amount of ration from a two hour trip on an airplane. 

Why Do We Use Dental X-Rays in Saint Paul, MN?

Digital x-rays in St. Paul, MN allow us to view your teeth and gums in ways that are invisible to the naked eye. We are able to see your underlying structure and if there are any dental issues, such as:

  • Tooth decay, even if it is under a dental crown or filling
  • Receding bone from gum disease
  • Tumors
  • Abscesses
  • Issues with a root canal
  • Dental implant placement
  • Placing dental bridges and dentures

In many ways, modern dental technology has made life easier for patients and their dentists. Many things that digital x-rays can diagnose can be impossible without them.

Dental X-Rays & Children's Dentistry in 55116

It's normal to worry about your child getting hurt, especially since they can be sensitive to radiation. You can rest assured knowing that the small amount of radiation is safe for a child. 

Dental x-rays allow us to safely guide your child's oral health development in ways that would be difficult or impossible without it. Some ways dental x-rays help our Saint Paul, MN children's dentists, Dr. Nick Schulte or Dr. Merideth Meador-Schulte, include:

  • Determining if there is enough space to accommodate adult teeth
  • See how wisdom teeth develop
  • Diagnose tooth decay and gum disease
  • Determining if baby teeth will allow adult teeth to emerge

Schedule Your Next Dental Exam in the 55116 Area 

We work hard to keep our patients safe and comfortable, and would never perform a procedure that could compromise their health. If you are worried about digital x-rays, let anyone on our dental staff know! Contact Brimhall Dentistry today to schedule an appointment!

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