A dental radiograph (x-ray) is an essential, preventative, diagnostic tool that provides crucial information that is not visible during a regular dental examination. Dental hygienists and dentists use this information to detect hidden dental abnormalities and develop accurate treatment plans. It is possible for problem areas to go undetected without x-rays.


The following may be revealed by dental x-rays:

  • Cysts or abscesses.
  • Loss of bone.
  • Tumors that are cancerous and non-cancerous.
  • Teeth decay.
  • Abnormal development.
  • Poorly positioned teeth and roots.
  • A problem inside a tooth or below the gum line.

You can save time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth by detecting and treating dental problems early.

How safe are dental x-rays?

Radiation is a natural part of our environment that we are all exposed to. 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.

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. 

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 or twice a year to detect new dental problems.

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