Digital Dental X-rays

Our office only uses the safest and most accurate form of digital X-rays. Modern offices are now converting over to the digital X-rays, which require less exposure and increased ability to diagnose problem areas. Dental radiographs (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:

~Bone loss
~Abscesses or cysts
~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.

Dental X-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered very safe. Dentists follow 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 digital X-ray plates to cut the exposure time to 1/5 of a regular 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 disease.

A full-mouth series of dental X-rays is recommended for new patients. A full series is usually good for 3-5 years. Bite-wing X-rays (X-rays of top and the bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems. A panoramic X-ray shows the jaw joints, sinuses and bone that cannot be seen on other X-rays. This machine rotates around your head to give us incredibly important information that helps catch cysts, tumors or other abnormalities early in their development. Panoramic X-rays are usually taken about every 3-5 years.

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