Dental X-rays

Dental X-rays are an essential, preventative, diagnostic tool that provide valuable information which is not visible during a regular dental examination.  Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan.  Without the benefit of X-rays, problem areas can go undetected.

Dental X-rays may reveal:

  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Bone loss
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
  • Decay between the teeth
  • Missing or supernumerary teeth
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Problematic 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.

How often should dental X-rays be taken?

The need for dental X-rays depends on each patient’s dental-health circumstances.  Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary X-rays based upon the review of your medical and dental history, a dental examination, signs and symptoms, your age, and risk of disease.

A full-mouth series of dental X-rays is recommended for new patients.  A full series is usually good for 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 a year to detect new dental problems.



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