The Why’s and What’s of X-ray’s

The Why’s and What’s of X-ray’s
Posted on 01/23/2020

Why do I need an X-ray anyway? 

Dental X-rays are a diagnostic tool; they provide Dr. Engstrom with a picture of hard tissues (teeth and bones) and soft tissues (gums). They also allow him to see if there are any missing teeth, or in some cases, extra teeth.

The x-rays that Engstrom Orthodontics typically uses are the Panorex (pano) and the Cephalometric (Ceph).  These x-rays provide different views and allow Dr. Engstrom to accurately provide a complete treatment plan for our patients.

Regarding the total radiation exposure from everyday living, the amount of radiation in dental X-rays poses minimal risk. Throughout our lifetime, we are exposed to varying levels of radiation from natural-occurring “background noise”, such as flying on a plane and eating a banana. Also, keep in mind that dental X-rays emit way less radiation than X-rays conducted on other parts of the human body. The radiation comparison chart below shows the exposures in everyday life as well as by x-rays.


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