Dental radiographs, or X-rays, are an important part of a thorough dental examination. A full set of X-rays is usually required for patients who are new to our dental practice, or who need extensive dental treatment. Four to six follow-up X-rays such as "bite-wings" (show decay between the teeth) are necessary every 6-18 months, depending on each individual patient's needs, or risk factors.
Dental X-rays are important for many reasons. They can expose hidden tooth decay; reveal a tooth abscess, cyst or tumor; show impacted or extra teeth; and also help determine the condition of dental fillings, crowns, bridges, implants and root canals. Dental X-rays can also reveal bone loss from periodontal gum disease, locate tarter buildup, find foreign bodies within the gum or bone, and see if there is enough bone for the placement of dental implants.
We understand that some patients worry about their exposure to radiation during dental X-ray procedures and therefore we have utilized digital x-rays in our office to minimize radiation exposure. By offer-ring digital x-rays we utilize the advantage of an 80-90% reduction in radiation compared to traditional film used a few years ago, and lso eliminate the need for processing chemicals.