Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam.
Our dentist and dental hygienists use x-rays to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an appropriate treatment plan for you. Without x-rays, problem areas will go undetected.
Dental x-rays may reveal:
- An abcess or cyst
- Bone loss around the teeth
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumours
- Decay between the teeth
- Developmental abnormalities
- Poor tooth and root positions
- Problems inside a tooth or below the gumline
- View Temporomandibular Joint (TMD)
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort … and your teeth!
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
Dr. Yoo and her dental 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 for disease.
A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for a comprehensive exam . This provides us with a base of record for comparison and review and is usually good for three to five years. X-rays of top and bottom teeth are taken at check-up visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect any new dental concerns.
Are they safe?
Yes. Dental x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe. We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouthseries of x-rays is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources.
We take all necessary precautions to limit our patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays. These precautions include using lead apron shields to protect the body and using modern digital technology that reduces the amount of x-ray needed to get the image.
Get the whole picture
X-rays at White Oak Dental are an important part of your oral care regime. By getting the whole picture, both inside and out, Dr. Yoo can detect problems early to make sure you keep your teeth and gums healthy.