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.
Dental x-rays may reveal:
Abscesses or cysts.
Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
Decay between the teeth.
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 use the Schick (TM) digital x-ray system which allows us to decrease the amount of radiation exposure by approximately 75% per x-ray taken. We also use lead aprons as an additional precaution.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health. Dr. Campbell and your dental hygienist will recommend x-rays only as deemed necessary for proper diagnosis.
A full mouth series or a panoramic x-ray and bite wing x-rays are usually recommended for new patients. A full series or panoramic is usually recommended every 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.