Dental x-rays may reveal:
Abscesses or cysts
Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
Decay between the teeth
Poor tooth and root positions
Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs.
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.
This type of x-ray is a screening radiograph of all teeth and surrounding bone. Also, this type of x-ray is used to evaluate healing of dental implants, bone grafts, and evaluation of pathological lesions in the bone.
CBCT scans are used with all dental implant and sinus lift surgeries. All CBCT scans are taken in our office. The speed of taking the scan limits patient exposure by an estimate of 60-70% compared to conventional CBCT scans, which allows for safer examinations.