Snyder & Winks Dental
Dr. Jennifer Snyder

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

We utilize x-rays to help diagnose tooth decay, cavities, gum disease, and many other dental concerns as early as possible. X-rays also help in planning dental implant treatment because we can ensure that your bone is healthy and able to support a tooth implant properly. We love to help our patients understand their treatment needs and show them exactly what is going on with their teeth and mouth using x-rays and pictures.

Because we use digital x-rays at Snyder & Winks, they are much safer for our patients since they only emit a minimal amount of radiation, about 80 percent less than what was needed to take x-rays in the past. In fact, you receive more radiation from spending a day outside in the sun than you do from your dental x-rays. Digital x-rays also protect our environment because they require no chemicals for development.

We typically recommend one set of bitewing diagnostic x-rays be taken each year to help us monitor your dental health. A full-mouth series of x-rays is recommended every three to five years, while we use smaller, more focused images (periapical x-rays) if you are having pain or issues with a particular tooth.

If you have questions about your dental health or the x-rays recommended for you, give your Cleveland area dentist a call today. 

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Dentists will be in the office starting on May 4th and our hygiene team will be returning the following week on May 11th. You may notice some changes during your next appointment. At Snyder & Winks Dental, infection control has always been a top priority for our practice. Our processes are established so that when you receive dental care at our office it is in the safest environment we can provide. We would like to share with you what we plan to do to continue to deliver safe and excellent care to our valued patients. Please click here to get more information or give us a call if you have any questions. Thank you!