(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.
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?
We are all exposed to
natural radiation in our environment. The amount of radiation exposure
from a full mouth series of x-rays is equal to the amount a person
receives in a single day from natural sources.
Dental x-rays produce
a low level of radiation and are considered safe. Dentists take
necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when
taking dental x-rays. These precautions include using lead apron
shields to protect the body and using modern, fast film that cuts down
the exposure time of each x-ray.
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
necessary x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history,
dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for
A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients. A full 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 are recommended once or twice a year to detect new
You are welcome to schedule an appointment today!