Portola Dental Group utilizes the latest form of x-ray technology in order to provide x-rays for our patients. With our state of the art digital radiography (digital x-ray) system, and electronic sensor captures and stores the images on a computer, allowing your dentist to instantly see issues. These images are able to be instantly enlarged and enhanced as well, making the hygienist’s and dentist’s jobs easier when looking for potential issues. There is also a significant reduction in the amount of radiation used, reducing the already low amounts in traditional x-rays by almost 90%.

Dental x-rays are the single most effective method that a dentist has for preventive care, as information that is not visible to the naked eye can be detected before larger problems start.

Abnormalities can be detected in order to develop a treatment plan. Digital x-rays can detect:

  • Abscesses.
  • Cysts
  • Loss of bone.
  • Cancerous/non-cancerous tumors.
  • Decay that is unseen with naked eye.
  • Developmental abnormalities.
  • Poor tooth and root positions.
  • Problems below the gum line or inside teeth.

Are dental x-rays safe?

Most people are unaware that they are exposed to radiation throughout their average day. There is actually more radiation present around people when they fly on an airplane that during any set of digital x-rays. Even though they are extremely low radiation doses, the dentist will still take precautions to reduce your and their exposure. The small amounts of radiation that is exposed is well worth the time savings, and identification of potential issues with your teeth.

How often should my dentist take x-rays?

There will be a need for -rays any time there is a change in your oral health, or a potential problem is detected. Generally, x-rays will be taken at each cleaning and exam just to make sure there are no underlying issues that have started since the last exam.

A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for all new patients, and this x-ray set is generally good for about five years. Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at the time of checkups.