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Dental X-Rays: Everything You Need to Know

Dental X-Rays in Los Angeles

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Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools 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 and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.

Dental X-rays May 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.

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

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 dental 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.

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How Often Should Dental X-rays Be Taken?

Precision Decay Detection

The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s 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 consideration, and risk for disease.

A full mouth series of dental x-rays 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 (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.

Inspection of Past Dental Work Using X-Rays

Past dental treatments, such as fillings, crowns, or bridges, can change over time. Through dental x-rays, we can efficiently check the integrity and positioning of these restorations, ensuring that they’re still intact and functioning as intended.