The latest technology in dental x-ray is digital radiography (digital X-ray). This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of X-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer.  This allows immediate viewing of the image, helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems more easily.  Major benefit of digital X-rays is the reduction of 80-90% radiation compared to traditional dental X-rays.
  • Dental X-rays are an important tool. It allows dentists and dental hygienist to diagnose valuable information that is not visible during a regular dental visit. Without the information from X-rays, many of the dental issues may be left undiagnosed.
Information that is obtained from dental x-rays includes:
  • Abscesses or cysts.
  • Periodontal bone loss surrounding teeth.
  • Oral cancer and non-cancerous lesions.
  • Carries (decay) between the teeth.
  • Developmental abnormalities.
  • Poor tooth and root positions.
  • With the help of dental x-rays, early detection and elimination of dental issues will save time and cost for our patients!
Safety of Dental X-ray
  • Natural radiations are all around us and we are exposed to it every day.  Digital X-rays produce a significantly lower level of radiation compared to traditional dental x-rays. 
  • With digital x-rays, they are much more comfortable and faster for our patients.
  • With traditional x-rays, there are harmful chemicals that are used to develop the image, which are not environmentally friendly. With digital x-rays, this has all been eliminated.
  • Although the amount of radiation is reduced with digital x-ray, our dentists at Breeze Dental will only take necessary x-rays to help with your treatment. Additional precautions such as using lead apron shields to protect the body will be used!
How often should dental X-rays be taken?
  • All patients are recommended to have a baseline full mouth x-ray taken at the initial visit.
  • A full mouth series of dental X-rays consists of x-rays that document the entire dentition. Full mouth series X-rays are usually good for three to five years. 
  • Bite-wing X-rays (X-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together posteriorly) are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.
  • At routine visits, our dentist and dental hygienist at Breeze Dental will recommend necessary X-rays based upon the review of your medical and dental history, and any symptoms that you may have.