Dental radiographs (X-rays) are essential preventative and diagnostic images that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities in order to complete an accurate treatment plan. Without X-rays, problem areas may go undetected.

Dental X-rays May Reveal

  • Abscesses and 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
  • Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth

Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series of X-rays is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources.

Dental X-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe. Dentists take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking X-rays. These precautions include using lead apron shields to protect the body and using modern, fast film that cuts down the exposure time of each X-ray.

How Often Do You Need Dental X-Rays?

How often someone needs dental X-rays depends on their individual dental health needs. Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary X-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age considerations, and risk for disease.

A full-mouth series of X-rays is recommended for new patients. A full series is usually good for three to five years. Bite-wing X-rays (pictures of the 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.

Contact The Dental Group of East Brunswick today to schedule a teeth cleaning, dental exam, or X-rays.