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Dental X-Rays

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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.
  • 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?

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 patient’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.

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