Dental X-Rays

Dental X-rays in Peoria IL

Dental X-rays are essential, diagnostic tools that offer invaluable information that is not easily detectable during a regular dental exam. Dentists and hygienists use this information to safely and accurately reveal hidden abnormalities.

The important information that is learned from dental X-rays allows the dentist to make a proper diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan based on the needs of the patient. Without dental X-rays, serious issues may go undetected.

Dental X-rays help reveal:

  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Decay between the teeth
  • Poor tooth and root positions
  • Bone loss
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Problems within a tooth or below the gumline
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors

With the regular use of dental radiography, we can detect problems at an early stage. This can save the patient time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and ultimately his/her teeth.

Are dental X-rays safe?

We are all exposed to natural radiation from our environment. The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series of Dental X-rays is equal to the amout a person receives in a single day from natural sources.

At our office, we also limit the amount of radiation our patients are exposed to by using “Digital Dental Radiography”. In digital radiography, we expose a digital sensor to radiation instead of film. The sensors are so sensitive that they use 90% less radiation than regular dental film. The sensor loads the image immediately on the computer which not only saves time, but allows the patient to see the Dental X-ray. This makes it more convenient for the patient to see and understand the processes occuring in his/her mouth.

How often should dental X-rays be taken?

The need for dental X-rays depends on each patient’s individual oral health needs. Your Peoria, IL dentist will suggest necessary dental X-ray treatment based on a review of your medical and dental history, complete dental exam, age consideration, and risk of disease.