X-rays or radiographs are a useful diagnostic tool which allow us to see parts of the teeth and surrounding structures that are not visible during a simple oral exam. They help your dentist find areas of decay between teeth, decay under existing fillings and crowns, bone loss and other signs of periodontal disease, infections, cysts, and some tumors. In children x-rays help us evaluate growth and check for development of teeth, along with evaluating for dental decay.
Frequency of radiographs varies from person to person based on their risk factors and history of dental decay. In general, 4 bitewing radiographs are taken once a year and a full mouth series every 5-10 years.
At Bowers and Oki Family Dentistry, we use digital radiography which allows us to use a much lower dose of radiation. X-rays taken digitally are very safe.