Digital X-Rays, Dental Radiographs

Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a routine dental exam.

Dr. Violette and the dental hygienists use this information to properly detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan.

Offering the latest in dental digital x-ray technology

Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected. We have digital radiographs that allow us to see the image that was taken immediately.

This insures that all the information we want to obtain from a film has been achieved.

Additionally, the digital x-ray system contains only a fraction of the radiation exposure compared to conventional films.

Dental digital radiographs / 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 x-rays safe to be taken as often as my dentist wants?

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.

Dentists take necessary precautions to limit the patient's exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays.

We always use lead apron shields & digital sensors to protect the body and cut down the exposure time of each x-ray.

How often should dental radiographs / x-rays be taken?

The need for dental x-rays depends on each individual patient's dental health needs.

We 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.

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