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?
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?
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.
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