Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not otherwise visible. 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?
We are concerned about limiting your radiation exposure, which is why we only use digital x-rays in our office. Not only do they provide us excellent diagnostic information but they reduce your exposure by 80-90% compared to traditional film x-rays.
An additional diagnostic tool we frequently utilize is our digital intraoral camera that captures color photos of your teeth, magnifying fracture lines and incipient areas of decay that can not always be seen with the naked eye.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. We make x-rays recommendations 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 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 dental problems.