Boston Dental X-Rays

Dental X-rays are essential, preventative diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Our Boston dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely expose hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without teeth X-rays, problem areas may go undetected.

Dental X-rays may reveal:

  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Bone loss
  • Cancerous and noncancerous 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, most importantly, your teeth.

Are dental X-rays safe?

We are all exposed to natural radiation in our daily lives. 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 sources. Because dental X-rays produce such a low level of radiation, they are considered safe. In addition, our dentists take all the necessary precautions to limit a patient’s exposure when taking 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.

How often should dental X-rays be taken?

The frequency of dental X-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Our team of dentists and hygienists will recommend necessary X-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk of disease.

A full-mouth series of dental X-rays is recommended for all new patients. A full series is usually good for three to five years. Bitewing X-rays (X-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at checkup visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect any new dental problems.

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