Dental X-Rays

What are Dental X-Rays?

Dental x-rays are used to help in diagnosing and treating many intra-oral conditions. You may need x-rays when coming in for an emergency or before oral surgery. Dental x-rays are taken at most of your appointments, as they help us to check for changes beneath the surface that cannot be seen with a normal examination. X-rays use a small amount of radiation that is deemed safe for most patients.

Why are Dental X-Rays necessary?

Dental x-rays are necessary for a variety of reasons and they are always beneficial in helping improve your oral health. They are often taken during emergency appointments and before having oral surgery of any kind. You will have a full set of x-rays taken every few years as part of your preventative care. Because these x-rays use a minimal amount of radiation, you can rest assured that they are safe.

What can Dental X-Rays help detect?

Your dental x-rays can detect a number of intra-oral problems. We closely examine your x-rays to check the health of your teeth, gums and underlying bone. Some of the different things that x-rays can detect include:

  •  Cavities
  • Bone loss
  • Gum disease
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Deep cracks and fractures
  • Restorations

What happens when your Dental X-Rays are taken?

You will come into our office and be greeted by one of our friendly staff members. We will drape a lead apron over your body and begin by placing a dental x-ray inside of your mouth. The x-ray machine is angled directly at this small appliance and an image is taken. Within seconds, the image is transposed to our computer where we will examine it and check for complications. You will benefit greatly from having dental x-rays taken at most of your appointments. X-rays are safe and are more beneficial to your oral health than any risk that may be involved with taking them.

If you need dental x-rays taken and would like to learn more about the procedure, call us today and we will work to get you in for an appointment.

Dr Hardin and her team are committed to serving Centralia and the surrounding communities with outstanding service, dental expertise, and a fantastic overall experience.