Dental X-rays in North York
Why Do I Need Dental X-rays? Similar to an iceberg, only a portion of your tooth is visible upon a first inspection. When we look at your teeth with our naked eye we are only scratching the surface.
Your tooth is composed of several layers, with a large portion hidden below your gum line and in your jaw bone. The surface 'enamel' that we can visibly examine is meant to protect the inner parts of a tooth. Below your enamel is the Dentin, then the Pulp where the nerve and blood vessels nourish your tooth. Also hidden are your Jaw bone, joints and ligaments that help support your teeth. Damage, infection or abnormalities below the surface are often invisible but can not be ignored.
X-rays allow us to:
- Find decay and abnormalities between teeth and below the gum line
- Monitor the effects of periodontal conditions
- Monitor your jaw bone and the position of your teeth
- Monitor areas of concern before they become a problem
- Detect any growths or abnormality in your jawbone that may be a sign something more serious
- Get a complete picture of your teeth in relation to each other and your mouth (both inside and out)
Are there any Risks? Some people ask us about risks of radiation exposure during the X-ray. The exposure from dental X-rays is quite low and is comparable to that of a long airplane flight. To reduce your exposure and we cover you with specialized lead apron and take only the images that we need.
Dental X-rays are integral to caring for your oral health and your beautiful smile. If you would like a more complete explanation of why we recommend dental x-rays, please ask your Yorkdale Dentist - Dr. Babatsikos during your next visit.