Topeka Dentistry
Carrie Peterson, DDS & Ben Rutherford, DDS

Do I really need x-rays? Are they safe?

At Topeka Dentistry, x-rays are a useful diagnostic tool that is extremely safe. Digital x-rays emit low doses of radiation and are considered reliable and safe when used correctly with safety precautions in place. 

If you're worried that digital x-rays are not safe, or if you should avoid them, let us know. Patient education is part of our philosophy, and we're more than happy to explain how they work and why you can relax.

Who Should Get an X-Ray

There is little cause for concern regarding digital x-rays, provided that safety precautions are followed. A regular dental examination with x-rays can emit the same level of radiation you would experience during two hours on a flight. 

Your Topeka dentists use x-rays as diagnostic tools to observe dental issues that are invisible to the naked eye. By using x-rays, we can observe the following:

  • Tooth decay, especially between teeth or under a filling
  • Abscesses
  • Bone loss
  • Tumors
  • Root canal infection

An x-ray allows us to diagnose many oral health problems that could go undiagnosed. At Topeka Dentistry, we can also use digital x-rays in dental procedures like dental implants, braces, dentures, and more. 

Is Your Child Safe Using X-Rays?

It's normal for parents to feel concerned about their children's safety; however, the amount of radiation is considered low and safe for a child. We use digital x-rays to observe your child's teeth and gums as they continually change so that we can keep track of their development.  

X-rays can help us make sure that your child's mouth can accommodate emerging teeth, observe the development of gum disease or tooth decay, and more.

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