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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.

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 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.