Dental X-Rays

What are Dental X-Rays?

X-rays are a critical part of diagnosing a variety of different dental conditions.

We may use these x-rays to find cavities, areas of bone loss and even impacted teeth. It is important that you have x-rays taken at regular intervals so that we can check and monitor for any changes. These x-rays use a minimal amount of radiation so that they’re completely safe for patients of all ages.

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Why are Dental X-Rays needed?

Dental x-rays are often needed because they help us identify an array of different oral conditions. For example, they can help us to see infections, abscesses, impacted teeth and even cavities. We will often take x-rays at each of your bi-annual dental appointments and whenever they may be needed. For example, you might need x-rays taken before having surgery done in our office.

Who is a good candidate for Dental X-Rays?

All patients who need x-rays taken can and should have them done. Because the x-ray machine that we use uses a small amount of radiation, it’s deemed safe for anyone who needs to have the work done. It is important that you have them taken regularly so that we can monitor for any changes. We do our best to make the process comfortable and quick for every member of your family.

What happens when Dental X-Rays are taken?

What Happens When Dental X Rays Are Taken

We begin by draping a lead apron or vest over your body.

This is important to keeping you safe and protected. A tiny device is then positioned immediately over the teeth and the machine angled towards the device. Once this is done, the x-ray is taken and the device is positioned in a different area. There are lots of benefits to having dental x-rays taken, and we ensure that the procedure is as quick and comfortable as possible. X-rays are ideal for both pediatric and adult patients in need of preventative or restorative care.

If you think you might need dental x-rays, call our office today and we will be happy to get you in for an appointment.