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What are dental radiographs (x-rays)?

Dental x-rays are a useful diagnostic tool that dentists use to evaluate patient oral health. They allow for a more accurate analysis of the health of your teeth, gums, and jaw bone. X-rays make it possible to identify decay and other concerns more quickly, allowing for more conservative treatment as we preserve the health, longevity, and beauty of your teeth. Discovering and resolving dental concerns as soon as possible will save you money in the long run. 

Are dental x-rays safe? 

While dental radiographs (X-rays) have been proven to be safe, we at Beck Family Dental believe it is always best to minimize radiation as much as possible. In order to help minimize radiation, we only take necessary radiographs. We use digital sensors for all our radiographs, which significantly reduces the amount of radiation required in comparison to conventional film radiography. The graph below illustrates how radiation exposure from dental radiographs is much less than the radiation we are exposed to in our everyday lives. 


Do I need x-rays? 

At your first visit, a series of x-rays is necessary to complete a comprehensive examination. If further treatment is needed after a comprehensive exam, x-rays at subsequent visits will be taken only if necessary for treatment. To ensure the best care for your teeth, x-rays should be taken every 6-18 months during a regular cleaning and checkup. If you have any questions about radiation or why certain radiographs are necessary, please feel free to give us a call or come by our office. We are always happy to address any questions or concerns you may have. 

For more information about dental radiographs please see the following website: ADA on x-rays

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Dentist denal team hygienist looking at x-rays, radiographs
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