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X-rays can be a very important diagnostic tool for your dentist. Your dentist may want to take x-rays of your teeth, jaws, and head that he can compare to future x-rays. Doing so will allow the dentist to track any changes in those areas.

There are two kinds of x-rays: intraoral and extraoral. With intraoral x-rays, the film is placed inside your mouth. Intraoral x-rays are used to examine the health of your teeth or to take a closer look at how teeth are developing. They can also be used to locate cavities, and examine the roots of your teeth.  Extraoral x-rays are taken from outside of your mouth, and can be used for tracking the development of your teeth and jaws, monitoring impacted teeth and to give the dentist a look at the interaction between your teeth and jaws, and to get a closer look at the bones in your face.

X-rays do involve low levels of radiation, but those levels have been deemed to be safe. Your dentist can give you a lead-lined apron to wear or a collar to protect your thyroid. If you are pregnant or think that you might be, you should let the dentist know before your appointment, so the staff can provide you with an apron or collar.

If you have questions or concerns about x-rays, by all means, talk with our dentist, Dr. Mark Simpson. We’ll be happy to explain the x-ray process or any other procedures to you. If it is time for your regular cleaning or exam, or if you are just looking for a dentist for yourself or another member of your family, and you live in the Charleston, West Virginia area, you can call 304-342-6162 today to schedule an appointment at Simpson Dental Associates.