Cleanings & Prevention
Dental X-Rays

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.

We have also invested in state-of-the art digital x-ray equipment that significantly lessens the dosage while allowing us better see what is there. We can also compare to previous radiographs to help assess the effectiveness of our preventive strategies. Once an area of a tooth has lost calcium, it can reclcify, but there will always be a "scar". While most dental offices use x-rays to jsutify filling every defect, we have tracked many "scars" over a period of decades, avoiding unnecesary dentistry for the benefit of the pateint. Since the digital x-rays are attached to your file, it is much easier to track your progress. You will also be able to see exactly what we are seeing on our big screen TV's, and we are willing to educate you and answer your questions.

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!

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, and our digital system take that exposure to a level lower than before! 

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.  These precautions include using lead apron shields to protect the body and using modern, and digital x-rays that cut down the exposure time of each 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 three to five years.  Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.