What You Should Know About Dental X-rays

Why Do I Need Dental X-rays?

Dental X-rays give our dentists a complete and detailed image of your mouth so that we can provide you with the best dental solutions for improving your oral health. After a thorough visual examination of your teeth, the dentist may ask for dental X-rays to make sure they have the best information about your situation at their disposal.

Green Family Dental will only ask for X-rays when they’re necessary for a complete examination of your teeth. Dental X-rays are typically only needed about once a year, but the dentist may ask for more if they are tracking the progress of a dental problem you are having.

Some other factors that may affect frequency of dental X-rays requested may include:

  • How old you are
  • If you have an oral disease
  • If you have a history of periodontal disease or tooth decay

Digital X-rays Are Safer, Better, & More Comfortable

While traditional X-rays have gotten a bad wrap in the past, with recent advancements in technology digital X-rays produce just a fraction of the radiation that you’ll get from other imaging procedures. Digital X-rays actually produce 80% less radiation than their older counterparts. Giving you the peace of mind that you can receive dental X-rays without having to worry about radiation exposure.

More Comfortable
​Traditional X-rays used to require a series of large lead bibs and a process of biting down on papers that produce discomfort, cramps, awkward biting, and sometimes cuts. With digital X-rays, you’ll receive a censor inside your mouth connected to a computer that is far less intrusive and more comfortable for our patients in our El Paso, TX dental office.

Better Quality
​Digital X-rays also produce a far more detailed picture of your mouth that dentists will use to suggest the best dental treatment for your current oral situation. They also produce the images in a little as 3 seconds, saving you time for both you and the staff. Also, since the images are digital, they provide a high resolution image that the dentist can show you decay or areas of concern on a large screen. Making the experience of going to the dentist less of a mystery and more enjoyable for everyone.

Precautions With Dental X-rays

Because digital X-rays use low levels of radiation to obtain these images, we take special precautions to make sure your exposure is nominal. Pregnant women are usually advised to avoid any type of X-rays. Our staff will also only take the amount of images necessary to lower exposure.

Have More Questions About Dental X-rays?

If you have more questions about dental X-rays or any other dental procedures we offer, please feel free to call our dental office at 915-778-4681. Our staff is friendly and knowledgeable. We want to make sure you are completely informed and comfortable in our East El Paso location. Schedule an appointment today, we can’t wait to brighten your smile!