Dental X-Rays





Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam.  Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan.  Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.

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.


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

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.



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Newport News dentist, Daniel Stockburger, DDS. Family dental & Cosmetic Dentistry services for patients in Newport News, Yorktown and Hampton. Full range of services including: General teeth Cleanings & Exams, Fluoride Treatments, Sealants, Fillings, Crowns, Bridges, Periodontal Treatments, Teeth Whitening, Invisalign Braces, Dental Implants, Mini Dental Implants and Lumineers Porcelain Veneers. Most insurance accepted and financing offered.