Dental X Rays (Radiographs)
Dental X Rays (radiographs) are invaluable as preventive and diagnostic tools. They provide images and information of tissue and bone that allow dentists and dental hygienists to detect any invisible irregularities and to complete the optimal treatment plan.
- Dental X Rays may detect, among other conditions, abscesses, cysts, bone loss, tumors (benign or malignant), decay between teeth, poor tooth or root positions and problems beneath the gum line or inside the tooth. Dental radiographs are the primary tool for early detection of problems, which translates into savings of time, money, discomfort, teeth and even life!
- Dental X Rays are safe. The radiation exposure from a full mouth series of radiographs is about the same as the exposure a person receives from natural sources in a single day. Digital dental radiography produces a very low level of radiation and are considered safe, especially after the precautions taken in your dental office, including using a lead apron to protect the body and using modern, ultra-fast radiographic settings to cut down the exposure time and intensity of every radiograph.
- The frequency with which dental x rays should be taken varies with each individual patient. After considering factors such as dental history, medical history, age, dental exam, risk for disease and signs and symptoms the dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary radiographs.
- A full mouth dental x ray is recommended for first time patients. A full series radiograph is usually good for 2 to 5 years and bite wing radiographs (top and bottom teeth together) should be taken once or twice a year.