dental x-ray


Dental X-rays (radiographs) are images of your teeth that your dentist uses to evaluate your oral health. These X-rays are used with low-level radiation to capture images of the inside of your teeth and gums. This can help your dentist identify problems such as cavities, tooth decay and affected teeth.

Dental X-rays may seem complicated, but they are actually very common devices that are just as important as cleaning your teeth.

Dental x-rays are usually done annually. They may occur more often if your dentist is tracking a dental problem or progress of treatment.

Factors that affect how often you receive dental X-rays may include:

Your age
Your current oral health
Any symptoms of oral disease
History of gum disease (gingivitis) or tooth decay
If you are a new patient, you will probably have to go through a dental X-ray so that your new dentist can get a clear picture of your dental health. This is especially important if you do not have any X-rays from your previous dentist.

Children may need to undergo dental X-rays more often than adults because their dentists may need to monitor the growth of their adult teeth. This is important because it can help the dentist determine if a child’s teeth need to be pulled to prevent complications, such as adult teeth erupting behind the child’s teeth.