Dental x-rays are essential diagnostic tools that provides valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. We can detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan.
Dental x-rays may reveal:
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, and unnecessary discomfort.
At Strawberry Hill Family Dental, we understand that many patients have concerns about dental x-rays and radiation exposure. That’s why our experienced dentists take necessary precautions to limit your exposure to radiation during your dental exam.
We use only the necessary x-rays and provide lead apron shields to protect your body from radiation. Our team also takes great care to ensure that the x-ray equipment is properly calibrated to minimize radiation exposure.
It’s important to note that we are all exposed to radiation in our daily lives, whether it’s from the sun, cell phones, or even riding in an airplane. In fact, an average 7-hour plane ride exposes each passenger to approximately 0.02 mSv (or 16 small dental X-rays).
When it comes to dental x-rays, the annual set of four “bitewing” x-rays we take to check for cavities exposes you to a total amount of radiation of only about 0.005 mSv (millisieverts). This is less than an average daily dose of radiation and poses a very low risk to your health.
At Strawberry Hill Family Dental, we prioritize your safety and wellbeing. We follow strict guidelines and protocols to ensure that your dental exam is as safe as possible.
The need for dental x-rays depends on each individual dental health needs. Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend the necessary x-rays based on the risk assessment upon the review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, and risk of 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 biting together) are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.