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.