What are dental x-rays?

Dental X-rays are images of your teeth that help our team evaluate your oral health. X-rays help capture images of your teeth and gums, and allow us to identify any problems such as cavities or teeth that may be impacted. They give us a way to diagnose or treat problems before they become more serious.

What are x-rays used for?

X-rays give us a view of your roots and bone structure underneath your gums that we cannot see during a visual exam. During our routine cleanings and exams our staff will take x-rays to ensure your teeth and mouth look healthy. X-rays allow us to check for cavities and decay, abscesses, cysts, and other issues that may be present.

If you suffer from periodontal disease x-rays can play an important role in keeping an eye on bone loss. This low radiation tool is a great way for us to get a view inside your mouth to ensure everything looks healthy.

X-rays are also used to help us prepare for implants, dentures, and other dental procedures. Depending on a patient’s medical and dental history determines how frequent x-rays are needed. If the patient has overall great oral health x-rays are only taken every few years. Typically insurance plans cover x-rays as part of routine care. If we are monitoring decay or other issues on a patient, x-rays may be needed more frequently.

If you are interested in finding out more about x-rays please contact our office to schedule your appointment.