Dental radiographs are an essential part of your routine dental care and prevention program. Many times x-rays help detect a problem in its early stages, sometimes before it is even symptomatic. X-rays provide an image of your entire tooth structure, including the roots, bone levels, and the in between surfaces. Dental x-rays help the dentist and dental hygienist provide a complete diagnosis and treatment plan.
What X-rays Show Us:
- Bone levels
- Bone defects/loss
- Infection such as abscess or cyst
- Issues under the gum line
- Issues with the tooth structure
- Cavities in between teeth
- Tumors or lesions that may be cancerous or non-cancerous
Safety of Dental X-rays:
In our practice, we hold our patients’ safety in the highest regard by using digital x-rays. Digital x-rays have 90% less radiation, and provide an image quickly and accurately, easing patient comfort and radiation exposure. The amount of radiation exposure from dental x-rays is the same as one day of atmospheric exposure from nature, so taking check up x-rays is completely safe and not harmful.
When should dental x-rays be taken?
Our goal for any of our patients’ is to practice preventive dentistry and optimal oral health. Each patient’s individual dental needs will be evaluated, and dental x-rays will be recommended when necessary.
The most common types of dental x-rays are a full moth series and bite-wings. A full mouth series of x-rays is taken at your initial visit, allowing the dentist to thoroughly evaluate your oral health. It is recommended to have a new full mouth series taken every 3 to 5 years. Bite-wing x-rays are generally taken once a year at your check-up visit. These images show the top and bottom teeth together and allow the dentist to detect cavities in between the teeth.