Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.
Dental x-rays may reveal:
Abscesses or cysts.
Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
Decay between the teeth.
Poor tooth and root positions.
Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
Are dental x-rays safe?
With our new digital x-rays your exposure to radiation is significantly reduced from traditional x-rays. A sensor is used instead of film. This sensor is extremely sensitive and the low level of radiation required to produce an image is very safe. Nevertheless, we take precautions such as using shields to protect the body and only taking necessary radiographs.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. We recommend necessary x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for disease.
A complete series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients. A complete series is usually good for three to five years. Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (check-up) visits and for most patients are recommended once a year to detect new dental problems.