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Dental X-Rays

Dental radiographs (X-rays) are essential preventative diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and accurately compose a treatment plan. Without X-rays, certain problem areas may go undetected.

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 gumline

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

Are dental X-rays safe?

We are all exposed to the 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 from natural sources.

Dental X-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe. Our office takes the necessary precautions to limit our patients' exposure to radiation while 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 needed for each X-ray.

How often should dental X-rays be taken?

The need for dental X-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary X-rays based on a review of your medical and dental history, dental exam results, signs and symptoms exhibited, age, and risk for disease.

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 while biting together) are taken during recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.

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(415) 388-6100

10 Willow Street, Suite 6
     Mill Valley, CA 94941

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