What Are Dental X-Rays?

Dental X-rays

What Are Dental X-Rays?

Dental X-rays are important diagnostic tools used to help your dentist determine an accurate status of your oral health. During your first visit to Scottsdale Dental Excellence in North Scottsdale, Dr. Jeffrey Clark will take dental x-rays that are specifically made to minimize radiation exposure, so they’re safe for both children and adults.

What Kind of Dental X-Rays Are There?

There are two different kinds of dental x-rays. The first are called intraoral x-rays, which are the most common type of dental x-ray and the kind we use at Scottsdale Dental Excellence during your first exam. Intraoral x-rays take photographs of the inside of the mouth to allow your dentist to find cavities, check the health of your roots and bones, and monitor the general health of your teeth and jawbone.

The second kind of dental x-rays are extraoral x-rays, which means the photographs are taken outside of the mouth. These x-rays are used to analyze the health of the jaw and skull, so they don’t detect cavities or monitor the health of individual teeth.

How Often Should You Get Dental X-Rays?

The answer to this question depends on your current oral health, your age, if you are at risk for disease, or if you are experiencing any signs or symptoms of oral disease. A healthy adult might only need to have dental x-rays taken during their regular dental checkups, whereas a child, whose teeth and jaw are still developing, might need to get dental x-rays more often.

Dr. Clark at Scottsdale Dental Excellence will review your oral health history with you and examine your mouth to determine if it’s necessary for you to get dental x-rays during you visit. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!