What are Dental X-rays?

A dental x-ray is essential for helping us see below the surface of the teeth and gums. Many dental conditions and problems may be underneath this surface, and they’d go unnoticed without the help of an x-ray. The x-rays that we take in our office use a minimal amount of radiation. You can expect x-rays to be taken at the majority of your dental appointments.

Why are Dental X-rays needed?

X-rays are an essential part of your dental health and care. They are safely taken on virtually every member of your family. We use these x-rays to detect and find problems while monitoring for any changes. We can spot infections, cavities, abscesses, impacted teeth and many other conditions with the help of a dental x-ray.

When can you expect Dental X-rays?

You can expect dental x-rays to be taken at the majority of your appointments in our office. Because the technology used is safe, the benefits of having x-rays taken far outweigh any ill effects. You can expect dental x-rays to be taken:

  • Before surgeries
  • Before orthodontic treatment
  • For emergency care
  • At checkup visits
  • Before or during root canals

What can you expect with Dental X-rays?

The dental x-ray process will begin with a lead apron or vest placed over the body. This will protect you from any of the radiation being used. The next step is to place a small device in the mouth. This device allows us to take the x-ray with a machine that is aimed at the mouth. The x-ray is taken and will be used during the appointment to help in creating a treatment plan specific to your needs. The x-ray process is done easily and comfortably in our office. We will always let you know when x-rays are needed, and you always have the right to refuse x-rays. Though we feel that x-rays are essential in maintaining optimal oral health.

If you think you need new dental x-rays, call us today so that we can get you into our office as soon as possible.