Dental X-Rays

Dental X-Rays

One essential, preventative diagnostic tool that provides valuable insights not visible during a regular dental exam are dental radiographs (x-rays). The information gathered by the x-rays is used by dental hygienists and dentist to detect any dental abnormalities and complete the best treatment plan.

Dental x-rays may reveal:

  • Bone loss.
  • Cysts or abscesses.
  • Decay between the teeth.
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
  • Poor root and tooth positions.
  • Problems below the gum line or inside a tooth.
  • Developmental abnormalities.

Dental x-rays help you save time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth and detecting a treating dental problems early!

Are dental x-rays safe?

Our environment exposes all of us to natural radiation. The amount of radiation exposure a person receives in a single day from natural sources is the same amount as one receives from a full mouth series of x-rays.

Dental x-rays are considered safe since they produce a low level of radiation. To further ensure your safety, dentists take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays. This includes utilizing lead apron shields to protect the body as well as using the latest from Dexis in digital x-ray technology. This enables the dental hygienist and/or dentist to get an x-ray with a lot less radiation that the traditional film. Furthermore, the radiograph is available for reading on a computer screen instantly.

How often should dental x-rays be taken?

Dental x-rays are taken depending on the individual dental health needs of each patient. Your dentist and dental hygienist may recommend x-rays after reviewing your medical and dental history, signs and symptoms, age consideration, risk for disease, and your dental exam.

All new patients are recommended to undergo a full mouth series of dental x-rays, which is usually good for three to five years. It’s recommended to get x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together (bite-wing x-rays) once or twice a year during dental checkups (recall visits) in order to detect any new dental problems.


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