Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventive, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. We 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.
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?
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. In our office, all x-rays are digital and captured by a computer sensor, therefore the amount of radiation is significantly less than that of traditional dental x-rays, approximately one-tenth.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patientâ€™s individual dental health needs. We 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 disease.
A full mouth series of dental x-rays may be recommended for new patients depending on their existing dental work and dental needs. A full series is usually good for five years. Bite-wing x-rays are taken at check-up visits and are usually recommended once per year to detect new dental problems.