What are Dental X-rays?
A dental x-ray is a diagnostic image that gives us a clear view of everything going on below the surface of your teeth and gums. We use the very latest technology to help in bringing you high-definition imaging with minimal radiation used. You will have x-rays taken at the majority of your dental appointments. Many dental and oral conditions can only be seen with the help of x-ray technology.
Why would Dental X-rays be needed?
You can think of your teeth and gums as the iceberg to your dental health. There is a lot going on just below the surface that we simply wouldn’t be able to see with an examination alone. X-rays allow us to see impacted teeth, infections, abscesses, broken roots and problem restorations so that we can provide adequate treatment. Most patients are good candidates for x-rays because of the minimal amount of radiation used.
When can you expect Dental X-rays?
Most of your dental appointments will involve having x-rays taken. These images give us a view into your dental and oral health that a simple exam wouldn’t be able to achieve. Some of the different appointments you can expect to have x-rays taken include:
- Checkup visits
- New patient visits
- Root canal therapy
- Prior to surgery
- Prior to orthodontic treatment
- During emergency appointments
How are Dental X-rays taken?
Dental x-rays are taken safely in our office by trained, educated professionals. The dental expert will drape a lead apron or vest over your body. This is helpful in refracting radiation that may hit your body. A small oral device is placed inside the mouth and the x-ray machine is then aimed at this device. The professional takes the x-ray and repeats the process for any other areas within the mouth. Panoramic x-rays are larger in size and allow us to see across the entire mouth. These are often necessary prior to surgical procedures or when undergoing orthodontic treatment.
If you need to have new dental x-rays taken, call our office today so that we can schedule a convenient appointment for you.