Used as a preventive, diagnostic tool, dental x-rays, or radiographs, provide our dentists with a look at what’s going on under the gum line. The information that these x-rays provide is used to detect any abnormalities that aren’t visible during the actual exam or cleaning. Without these x- rays, our dentists would not have a complete picture of your mouth, and many problems could go undetected for a long period of time.

Dental x-rays often 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

X-rays help our dentists detect these dental problems at their earliest stages, which saves you time, money and pain in the long run!

How do x-rays work?

More x-rays pass through softer tissues than harder tissues, so softer areas like gums and cheeks look darker on an x-ray. If you put an impenetrable object like a piece of lead between the x-ray machine and the film, no x-rays would get through that spot, and it would leave a totally white impression. Similarly, the strong dense enamel of your teeth looks very light on the x-rays, and areas of softer decay look darker. Our dentists at Sinking Spring Family Dental have been trained to read x-rays to determine if there are any signs of problems.

Why do I need x-rays?

Some dental problems are hard or even impossible to see with the naked eye. Regular x-rays will help spot problems, and when compared to previous x-rays, will show any unusual changes or developments. Sinking Spring Family Dental wants to make the most thorough examination possible so that problems can be addressed and reversed at an early stage. This will help preserve your original teeth, and save you the time, trouble and expense of extensive dental problems.

How often do I need x-rays?

We will determine how often you need x-rays depending upon your age and your dental history. An adult without a history of dental problems may go two to three years between x-rays, while a child or an adult prone to decay will need them more frequently.

Are x-rays safe?

X-rays are safe because you aren’t exposed to this radiation very often or for very long. To minimize the risks even more, we will make sure that the rest of your body is covered with a lead apron. Large doses of radiation could be harmful however, so people who are around x-rays all the time leave the room during the procedure.

We recommend a full-mouth series of x-rays for all our new patients, so we have a better idea of their current dental health. The full-mouth series is typically good for three to five years. Bite- wing x-rays, on the other hand, should be taken once or twice a year during regular check ups.