What are Dental X-Rays?
A dental x-ray is a radiographic image of your teeth, gums and underlying bone. The x-ray can check for signs of decay, problematic restorations, infections and even bone loss. It’s not uncommon for x-rays to be needed to check for signs of impacted wisdom teeth. X-rays are used as a diagnostic tool and are part of your preventative care treatment.
Why are Dental X-Rays needed?
X-rays are often taken at most dental appointments. They are especially beneficial for dental emergencies as well as when you need to have oral surgery or a root canal done. Dental x-rays use a small amount of radiation to create an image that is used to create a treatment plan just for you. They are a necessary part of your overall dental healthcare.
What makes you a good candidate for Dental X-Rays?
Because dental x-rays use a minimal amount of radiation, they are ideal for most patients. The benefits of having an x-ray taken far outweigh any side effects that might come as a result of the radiation. You will need to have x-rays taken at the majority of your appointments. We recommend having a complete set of x-rays taken every few years as needed.
What can you expect with routine Dental X-Rays?
You will first be greeted by one of our friendly staff members who will bring you into one of our rooms. A small device is positioned inside the mouth and the x-ray machine is angled to take the image. The x-ray is then taken and the image immediately transposes onto our computer screen. The doctor will use your x-ray to check the health of your teeth and gums as well as the state of underlying bone. Your dental x-rays are kept on file and you can request a copy of them at virtually any time. We work to make taking dental x-rays as comfortable and quick as possible.
If you would like to have new x-rays taken of your teeth, call us today, and we will get you in for an appointment at your earliest convenience.