Cary Dental X-ray

Dental radiographs (X-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that we use at Wake Dental Care in order to provide valuable information not always visible during a visual dental exam.  Our Wake Dental Care Doctors and Cary, NC 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.  Wake Dental Care offers a safe, fast Cary Dental X-ray procedure to help ensure good dental care!

During an X-Ray at our Cary Dental Office at Wake Dental Care, the procedure may reveal dental conditions such as:

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

Are dental X-rays safe?

Often times, patients who are unfamiliar with the process of X-rays, may have this question as to whether dental X-rays are 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.

Our Cary Dental X-ray devices produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe.  Our Wake Dental Care Cary 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?

At Wake Dental Care the need for dental X-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs.  One of our dentists and/or dental hygienists 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.

At Wake Dental Care of Cary, NC, Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth.  That is what it is regular for us to recommend having this simple procedure done (when appropriate!).