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Dental X-Rays

Dental radiographs (X-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Current X-rays are required by Colorado State Law. Drs. Versman, Heller, Beckman, Thousand and the hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without dental X-rays, Aurora and Littleton, Colorado patients may have problem areas go undetected and become more severe. We use X-rays to look for the pathology listed below.

What Dental X-rays Can Reveal

  • Abscesses or cysts which patients are unaware that are present.
  • Bone loss. This is critical to discover periodontal disease and the severity which may be present.
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
  • Decay between the teeth which cannot be visualized with the naked eye
  • Developmental abnormalities.
  • Poor tooth and root positions.
  • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
  • Root Canal Problems

Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and teeth! It may even save your life!

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 sunlight sources.

Dental X-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe. Our Aurora / Littleton dental X-ray team always takes necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental X-rays. These precautions include using lead apron shields to protect the body and using modern, fast digital X-rays that reduces the exposure time of each X-ray thereby reducing radiation exposure.

How Often Should Dental X-rays Be Taken?

The need for X-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Your periodontist and dental hygienist will recommend only those X-rays for your individual needs, 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 X-rays revealing all of the teeth and surrounding tissues is recommended for new patients. A full series is usually good for three to five years. Bite-wing X-rays (X-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (checkup) visits to examine for cavities and are recommended once a year to detect new dental problems in their early stages.

Questions About Dental X-rays in Littleton or Aurora, CO?

If you have questions about dental X-rays or other diagnostic techniques employed by the team at Periodontal Associates, please request an appointment or call (303) 755-4500 today.

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