Dental X-Rays

Dental X-Rays are needed so that your dentist can evaluate the overall health of your teeth. Dental radiographs (the pictures taken from x-rays) allow your dentist to see beneath the surface of your teeth and gums. From these pictures, your dentist can then determine levels of tooth decay and look for signs of gum disease. Many diseases involving the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen with the naked eye. Bone infections, developing tooth abnormalities and even tumors can be better detected with the use of X-rays.

What can our digital dental radiographs reveal?

  • Caries (decay) on the interproximal areas of the teeth.
  • Vertical or horizontal bone loss.
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
  • Abscesses or infection.
  • Developmental abnormalities of the bone.
  • Poor tooth and root positions.

How often do I need to take x-rays and are they safe?

Dental x-rays are ordered depending on each patient's individual dental health condition. We at Hatae Family Dental recommend x-rays based on your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age, and risk for disease.

Even though dental x-rays do produce a low level of radiation, they are generally considered safe. We take all necessary precautions to limit your exposure to radiation while in our office including using a lead apron shields with a thyroid collar to protect your body and using digital x-ray sensors.

For more information visit the American Dental Association.