What are Dental X-rays?

A dental x-ray is an image that enables us to see underneath the surface of teeth and gums. These images can help us to see decay, infections, impacted teeth, bone loss and many other oral-related problems. X-rays nowadays, especially the digital ones, use a very minimal amount of radiation, so they are safe for patients of all ages. Our goal is to provide you with a comfortable and safe experience when having x-rays taken.

Why would you need Dental X-rays?

The main reason you would need dental x-rays is because in many cases, an examination just isn't enough. There may be a lot of things going on below the surface of your gums and we won't be able to see anything without the help of an x-ray. Some of the different things that we can see on an x-ray include underlying tooth decay, root infections, bone loss and impacted wisdom teeth. For children, x-rays allow us to monitor development and growth of permanent teeth.

What makes someone a candidate for Dental X-rays?

Every patient should have X-rays taken to have an accurate dental examination if there is no contraindication. Our X-rays have a minimal amount of radiationa nd are completely safe. However, the type and frequency of X-ray needed may vary from patient to patient, depending on the patient's age, presence of teeth, complaint, and treatment.

What happens during the Dental X-ray process?

Our friendly team member will take you to our panoramic machine where an image with full view of your mouth and bite will be taken. Then you will be seated in your unique room, where individual tooth X-rays may be needed to assess punctual problems and complete your exam. Our dentist will review your X-rays to create a unique treatment plan. We often recommend that x-rays be taken regularly but only when needed.

If you would like to learn more about x-rays and how they're taken, call us today and we will be happy to further assist you.