X-Rays

How x-rays are used

X-ray images, also called dental radiographs, are among the most valuable tools a dentist has for keeping your mouth and teeth healthy. The digital x-ray uses an electronic sensor (not x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image of the teeth on a computer. The image can be instantly viewed and enlarged thus helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems or issues quicker and easier than on x-ray film. Digital x-rays also reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.

How often should dental x-rays be taken?

The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s dental health needs. Dr.McChristian will recommend necessary x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for disease.

A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients and is usually good for three to five years. Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at check-up visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.

Digital Dental x-rays can reveal:

    • Abscesses or cysts
    • Bone loss
    • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
    • Decay between the teeth
    • Developmental abnormalities
    • Poor tooth and root positions
    • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line

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