What are Dental X-rays?
Dental x-rays give us a clear view of everything going on below the surface of your teeth and gums. In many cases, dental problems and certain conditions can only be seen with a high-definition x-ray. We use the latest x-ray technology to ensure that the most minimal amount of radiation is used to produce quality results. Most of your dental appointments will involve having x-rays taken.
Why are Dental X-rays needed?
We like to think of your teeth as having the iceberg effect. This simply means that there is a whole lot more going on below the surface than meets the eye. Some of the different reasons you’d need x-rays include:
- During checkup visits
- For new patient visits
- Before, during or after a root canal
- Prior to oral surgery
- Prior to orthodontic treatment
- For emergency appointments
Who is a candidate for Dental X-rays?
Because we use the latest x-ray technology and machinery available, these images are deemed safe for most of our patients. We protect you while the x-rays are being taken and only take these images when they are needed. The benefits of having dental x-rays taken far outweigh any risks involved. We recommend having a full set of x-rays taken every few years so that we can monitor for changes.
What happens during the Dental X-ray process?
Our highly trained dental professional will begin the process by placing a lead apron over your entire body. This protects you from radiation that may bounce after the image is taken. A small device is then placed inside of the mouth behind the teeth. The x-ray machine is angled towards this device and the image is taken. The process is repeated for any other images that need to be taken. Panoramic x-rays allow us to view the entire mouth from left to right. These are most often needed before surgery or orthodontic treatment.
If you need new dental x-rays and want to schedule an appointment, call our office today to speak with one of our professional staff members. We offer low office wait times as well as a one-on-one approach to your dental care.