Dental X-Rays

Dental x-rays (radiographs) are preventative, diagnostic tools that provide information not visible during a regular dental exam.  X-rays are used by dentists and dental hygienists to accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete a treatment plan. X-rays prevent problem areas from going undetected.

Treating and detecting dental problems in early stages saves patients time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and their teeth!

Are dental x-rays safe?

Natural radiation is something we are exposed to in our environment. Radiation exposure levels from a full mouth series of x-rays is similar to the amount a person is exposed to in a single day from natural sources.

The low level of radiation produced by dental x-rays are considered safe. Dentists work to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays. Precautions include using lead aprons to shield and protect the body. The use of modern, fast film cuts down the exposure time of each x-ray.


Dental 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