Dexis Digital Radiography
Digital Radiography

Dental x-rays may 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.

A comprehensive dental exam will be performed by Dr. Nicholson at your initial dental visit. 
At regular check-up exams, Dr. Nicholson will include the following:

Examination of diagnostic x-rays: Essential for detection of decay, tumors, cysts, and bone loss.  X-rays also help determine tooth and root positions.

Oral cancer screening: Check the face, neck, lips, tongue, throat, tissues, and gums for any signs of oral cancer.

Gum disease evaluation: Check the gums and bone around the teeth for any signs of periodontal disease.

Examination of tooth decay: All tooth surfaces will be checked for decay with special dental instruments.
Examination of existing restorations: Check current fillings, crowns, etc.

Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!


Frequently asked questions:

Are dental x-rays safe?

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

Dental x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe.  Dentists take necessary
precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays.  These precautions
include using lead apron shields to protect the body and using modern, fast film that cuts down the
exposure time of each x-ray.


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 and dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for 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 recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.

A beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime is our ultimate goal when treating patients.  Your personal home care plays an important role in achieving that goal.  Your personal home care starts by eating balanced meals, reducing the number of snacks you eat, and correctly using the various dental aids that help control the plaque and bacteria that cause dental disease.





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