How Valuable are Dental X-Rays, Really?
There’s no substitute for a dental X-ray in seeing everything we need to know about your teeth, jaw and sinuses. We can diagnose decay under old fillings, abscesses, bone loss due to periodontal (gum) disease, cancer and tumors, extra and impacted teeth. We couldn’t see these conditions with the naked eye no matter how closely we looked!
Most people are aware that X-rays involve radiation, and we know some folks are concerned. But the exposure you receive from a dental X-ray is so tiny it doesn’t even compare to the natural radiation you get from, say, a day in the park. We further minimize the radiation through lead aprons, super high-speed film and filters.
X-rays are a very important diagnostic tool, and a part of a complete dental exam.
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I grew up in Valparaiso, IN before attending Indiana University Bloomington. I then attended dental school at the Indiana University School of Dentistry. After graduating, I moved to North Carolina with my wife, Amber, where she would complete a medical residency at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While obtaining my license in North Carolina, I worked in a safety net clinic for the underserved in Roxboro and Yanceyville, NC. I practiced there for five years, gaining valuable experience as a clinician and serving as the dental director in my final year. For the next five years, I treated patients in private practice in Cary, NC, becoming proficient in performing the latest dental procedures. My wife and I are the proud parents of two girls: Audriana and Genevieve. We also have a Weimaraner named Lulu, who ensures there is never a dull moment around the house!