What are Dental X-rays?
Dental x-rays, or radiographs, are used to identify underlying problems and conditions within the mouth. There may come a time when an issue cannot be seen with a typical examination. Impacted wisdom teeth, root abscesses, infections, and root cracks can go unnoticed without an x-ray. We use safe x-ray technology to produce high-quality images for our patients. We even offer CT scans, which enable us to get a fully in-depth view of your mouth and jaw area.
Why would Dental X-rays be needed?
X-rays are needed because there may come a time when an exam simply isn’t enough. A typical exam only allows us to see the surface of your teeth and gums. We may not see an infection or abscess below the gum’s surface, or become aware of bone loss or impacted teeth. X-rays are safe for most patients, since we use the latest radiographic technology to produce quality images.
When should you expect Dental X-rays?
Dental x-rays are often needed at the majority of your appointments. From imaging at bi-annual visits, to a full set taken every few years, these x-rays are an essential part of your oral health. We recommend having x-rays taken before certain procedures, like surgeries and root canals, to help us in creating a special treatment plan for you. You can expect x-rays to be taken for emergency appointments and before orthodontic treatment.
What happens during the Dental X-ray process?
The procedure will begin by placing a lead apron over your body. This apron will help to protect you from any radiation being used. We will then place a tiny device in the mouth and angle the x-ray machine itself at the device. The x-ray is then taken, and the process will be repeated in any other areas of the mouth that need imaging. If it’s been awhile since your last dental x-ray, we may recommend a full set when coming into our office. Most patients can safely have x-rays taken without any ill effects.
If you need new dental x-rays and want to come in for an appointment, call us to speak with one of our friendly staff members. We offer high-quality customer service and convenient extended hours to make it easy to receive dental care.