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.