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Dental X-Rays

Digital Dental radiographs (x-rays) are an essential, diagnostic tool 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 to provide more accurate treatment.  Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.

Dental x-rays may reveal:

  • Abscesses or cysts.
  • Bone loss.
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
  • Decay between the teeth.
  • Developmental abnormalities.
  • 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?

 Everyone is exposed to natural radiation daily, it is produced in our environment.  The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series of digital x-rays is similar to what a person receives in a few weeks from natural sources.

Dental x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe.  Dentists take many precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays.  These precautions include using shields to protect the body, using digital technology that cut down the exposure of each x-ray and most importantly, only taking x-rays when needed to diagnose oral conditions.

How often should dental x-rays be taken?

The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs.  Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age and other considerations that increase your risk for disease.

A full mouth series of dental x-rays, including a panoramic is recommended for most new patients.  A full series is usually good for three to five years.  Bite-wing x-rays (show areas between teeth) are taken during recare visits and are recommended once a year to detect new dental problems.

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