What are Dental X-Rays?

Dental x-rays are an important diagnostic tool that will help us detect underlying intraoral problems and tooth development. X-rays use a minimal amount of radiation, so they are completely safe. They are used for your preventative care appointments as well as emergency appointments. Prior to surgery, x-rays may be needed to check for bone structure and nerve placement.

Why do you need Dental X-Rays?

X-rays are an integral part of your dental health. They can help with spotting problems that would go unnoticed or undetected with a visual oral exam. For this reason, it is important to have dental x-rays done regularly at each of your appointments. We are happy to provide you with a copy of your x-rays if needed.

How often are Dental X-Rays needed?

A full set of x-rays is needed every three years. At each of your bi-annual dental appointments, a few additional x-rays are necessary to check for changes to your dental health. If you come into the office for an emergency, x-rays may be needed to see what is going on below the surface of the tooth and gums. Certain dental procedures require x-rays prior to beginning the work, like surgeries and root canals.

What happens during the procedure for Dental X-Rays?

You will come into the office and sit comfortably to have x-rays taken by the assistant or hygienist. The x-rays are necessary for checking for signs of decay, tooth growth, and impactions. They are vital in looking for signs of bone loss and gum disease. Because x-rays use a minimal amount of radiation, the benefits of having them done far outweigh any risks. They are done comfortably and easily right in our office at a time that’s convenient for you. X-rays are recommended for children, teens, and adults who are receiving dental treatment.

If you need to have x-rays taken or would like to know more about scheduling an appointment, call our office so that we can better assist you.