Cleanings & Prevention
Digital X-Rays

The Benefits of Digital X-rays

Digital x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays. Dental x-rays are a diagnostic tool in preventive dentistry that reveal areas not visible during a regular dental exam, and show problem areas may go undetected without the use of x-rays, such as abscesses, cysts, periodontal disease, decay that may not be clinically visible, and other bone or root abnormalities.


How often should dental x-rays be taken?

The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs.  Your dentist will recommend necessary x-rays based upon the review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, 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 annual check-up visits and are recommended from anywhere between once or twice a year to once every two-three years. 

Contact us at our dental office in San Francisco in Pacific Heights if you have any questions or need to schedule an appointment!


 Please read our Dear Doctor article about the safety of dental x-rays:

 

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