Dental x-rays

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Dental x-rays help to detect and treat problems at an early stage – saving you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!

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Everything you need to know about dental x-rays

Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dr. Forbes and his dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.

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Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth! 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


Are dental x-rays safe?

We are 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 fro 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 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 need for x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs.  Dr. Forbes 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 5-6 years.  Bite-wing x-rays are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once a year to detect new dental problems.

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