Digital Dental X-Rays

Dental X-Rays

Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. The dentists and dental hygienists at Meadows Dental Group use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, 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 gum line

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


Are dental x-rays safe?

We are all exposed to 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. At our office we take necessary precautions to limit your exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays. We use lead apron shields to protect your body. Digital x-rays, also known as digital radiography, are the latest in dental x-ray technology. Digital x-rays use a digital image capture device instead of x-ray film. This technique saves time as there is no need to develop film images, and produces images that have a better resolution than standard dental x-ray machines. Digital x-rays also emit lower levels of radiation as images are produced electronically.

How often should dental x-rays be taken?

The need for dental x-rays depends on your individual needs. Your Meadows Dental Group dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based on your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for disease.