Family, Orthodontic & Implant Dentistry


Family, Orthodontic & Implant Dentistry

Dental X-Rays

Professional dental cleanings (dental prophylaxis) are usually performed by Registered Dental Hygienists. Your cleaning appointment will include an examination and the following:Dentists use X-rays to safely detect hidden areas of concern, while hygienists get valuable information not visible during a regular check up that helps them create accurate treatment plans for their patients' needs; without these essential tools problem spots may go undetected!

Dental X-rays may reveal:

  • Abscesses or cysts.
  • Bone loss.
  • 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!

How often should dental X-rays be taken?

X-rays are a necessary tool in the fight against tooth decay, but it’s important to know when and why your dentist will recommend them. The first step is an exam from which they can determine whether or not you have any dental problems that need addressing before going forward with treatment plans based off X-ray results

A full mouth series of dental X-rays is recommended for new patients. A complete set usually lasts a couple years, but bite-wing x-rays can be taken at recall appointments and are helpful in detecting potential problems that may have gone unnoticed otherwise.

Are dental X-rays safe?

Natural radiation is everywhere. It's in the air we breathe, on our skin and inside of us - all around you! A person would have to spend an entire day outside for their body-wide exposure from just that one source alone (full mouth X-rays).

Dental X-rays are considered to be safe, with low levels of radiation. Dentists take necessary precautions when taking dental x-rays in order to limit their patient's exposure; these include using lead apron shields and modern fast film which cuts down on the amount of time for each shot required.