Dental X Rays

Your Kirkland Area Dentist Offers Free X Rays For New Patients at our office in Kirkland

Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential diagnostic tools that provide vital information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and Dental Hygienists use this information to detect hidden dental abnormalities to complete an accurate treatment plan. X-rays save you money by detecting small problems before they become big problems.

Dental x-rays may reveal:

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

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

Are dental x-rays safe?

Dental x-rays are considered safe. Every day we are all exposed to natural radiation in the environment. The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series of x-rays is no more than the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources.
To make dental x-rays even safer, dentists take additional precautions to limit the patient's exposure to radiation. These precautions include using lead apron shields to protect the body and using modern digital x-ray technology that reduces the exposure time of each x-ray even more.

How often should dental x-rays be taken?

That depends on your individual dental health needs. Your Dentist and Dental Hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based on your medical and dental history, dental exam, symptoms, age, 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.