It all feels fine! I don't want x-rays.

As you know, x-rays are to see through objects. Without them, we can only see the surface.

Many dental problems are painfree and unnoticable from the surface. Without x-rays, no dentist can guarantee your mouth is in good condition. Many problems can be seen visually, but would have been picked up earlier with x-rays. When you take your car for a service, do you want them to be checking things thoroughly or just giving them a tap and say it's all good?

This x-ray shows an extra tooth in a child. It cannot be picked up without x-rays.

This x-ray shows an extra tooth in a child. It cannot be picked up without x-rays.

We are exposed to radiation constantly, from our environment. One dental x-ray is only equivalent to 3 hours of life. It is insignificant. X-rays generally need to be taken only once every 2 years.

Things we can see from x-rays that might be missed visually are:

  • Tooth decay
  • Infections
  • Bone pathology (eg. cancer, cysts)
  • Wisdom teeth
  • Childrens' teeth development
  • Gum disease

The dentist will not force you to take x-rays but it defeats the purpose of having a check up, if a thorough examination cannot be performed.