What are Dental X-Rays?
Dental x-rays are critical diagnostic tools used in the office. These images allow us to see below the surface of your teeth and gums. In many cases, we’ll take x-rays at most of your appointments as a way to monitor and check for any changes. You may need to have x-rays taken for certain procedure or before oral surgery.
Why are Dental X-Rays needed?
X-rays allow us to see what a typical examination would not find. We can check the health of your teeth, underlying bone and gums as well as any impacted teeth just below the surface. The amount of radiation used to take a dental x-ray is minimal and deemed safe for patients of all ages. Your oral health will benefit from having x-rays taken and used as an important diagnostic tool.
What can be seen on a Dental X-Ray?
X-rays can spot a variety of different issues and problems that would otherwise go unnoticed with a normal examination. We recommend x-rays on an as-needed basis and before certain procedures. These x-rays allow us to find and see:
- Gum disease progression
- Bone loss
- Abscesses and infections
- Impacted teeth
- Pediatric tooth development
- Issues with restorations or other procedures
What can you expect when having Dental X-Rays taken?
We first drape a lead apron over your body to protect you from radiation. A small device is placed in the mouth and the actual machine is aimed at this device. We take the x-ray and then move onto the next area of the mouth. This process is repeated until all necessary x-rays are taken. You can expect to have x-rays taken at most of your dental appointments in our office. If you ever come in for an emergency, we will typically take an x-ray to find the problem and provide proper treatment. These x-rays are safe and incredibly beneficial to the health of your mouth and teeth.
If you think you might need x-rays, call our office today and we will be happy to get you in for an appointment.