Cleanings & Prevention
Digital 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 most importantly, your child's 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.

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, fast film that cuts down the exposure time of each x-ray.

We have taken the precaution one step further by committing our office to the use of digital x-rays 100% of the time.  Digital x-ray is the lastest technology used to take dental x-rays.  This technique uses an electronic sensor (insttead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer.  this image can be instantly viewed and enlarged, helping the dentis and dental hygienist detect problems easier.  Compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays, the use of digital x-rays lowers the radiation exposure by up to 90% by using lower doses and higher speeds of exposure. 

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.

Dental x-rays are recommended for new patients, based on an age-appropriate criteria.  The number of x-rays taken is always kept to the absolute minimum, and is dependant on the child's stage of dental development.



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