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Dental X-Rays

Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular clinical exam.  Orthodontists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. 

Orthodontic x-rays may reveal:

  • Jaw Assemetries, or imbalances
  • Tooth/jaw relationships
  • Growth progression
  • Bone health
  • Tooth root health
  • Tooth position

 

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 sources.

Dental x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe.  We always take the 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, columnated beams to decrease scatter radiation and using modern, fast film that cuts down the exposure time of each x-ray.

How often should dental x-rays be taken?

X-rays are taken to aid in the diagnosis and treatment planning of all our patients. At the end of treatment they are taken to assess the health of the bones and teeth. Occasionally some X-rays are needed during treatment.