Dental X-rays


We seek to render the most professional and thorough care that is consistent with the current dental standards. We share patients concern about x-rays and we take every precaution to minimize exposure. Among the safeguards we use:

There has never been a single instance reported in the dental or scientific literature of a patient contracting a malignancy because of dental x-rays.

The amount of radiation received from dental machines is as little as one twentieth of the power of a medical x-ray machine. Another major difference with dental x-rays is that there is no scatter of x-rays.  The benefits  from necessary dental x-rays are far greater than the hazards. without dental x-rays we could miss finding a tumor, decay or periodontal disease.

A complete dental exam gives about one and half day's worth of radiation exposure that we would normally receive.

Types of Dental X-Rays

  Full Periapical series

Taken to view all teeth and surrounding tissues.Very high definition details of the individual teeth.


 These x-rays are taken to view back teeth. A bitewing series is used to update a recent full series on a regular schedule that is appropriate for each patient.

Panoramic X-ray

Complete upper and lower jaw. Good for impacted teeth, eruption of permanent teeth, jaw fractures, tumors, cysts, etc. Not as good as full series for the details of individual teeth.

This panoramic x-ray of a 7 year old shows the forming permanent teeth. 
This  panoramic x-ray shows the developing wisdom teeth (3rd molars).

Cephalometric X-ray

This side view of the head, used most commonly for orthodontic determinations of treatment. 

The soft tissues of the face are specially enhanced so as to be able to determine the changes to profile that orthodontic therapy will alter.

There are specialized x-rays taken for surgery, orthodontics, implant placement and TMJ. 


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