Radiographs are a useful diagnostic aid for a dentist as they can see within structures of the mouth with some accuracy. They are not the definitive diagnosis, however, and are open to interpretation.
Radiographs are images produced by a weak radiation source to produce a two-dimensional picture of a three-dimensional object. They are used in routine dental examinations, root canal therapy, periodontal disease detection and treatment, crown/bridge/inlay/onlay assessment, extraction assessments and many other treatments.
They are a useful tool for the dentist but we recognise that this is radiation and, as such, we follow strict governmental evidence-based guidelines when using a radiograph.
It is your right to decline the use of radiographs at any time but this may affect treatment options available to you. We are, of course, happy to discuss any concerns you may have.
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