Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Your dental team uses 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 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 safe. Dentists take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays. Rest assured in our practice only x-rays that are important to your periodontal health and treatment will be taken.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Your dental team 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 consists of 19 x-rays and is recommended for all periodontal patients as well as new patients in a general dentistry practice. For periodontal patients, this series of x-rays is repeated approximately every two years. When treatment includes the placement of dental implants or access for individual x-rays is difficult, a panoramic x-ray is often times taken to provide needed information