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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Matthew R. Comfort, DDS, FAGD
Cosmetic Smile Enhancement & General Dentistry
Roseville dentist Matt Comfort operates a general, family, and cosmetic dentist office located at 568 North Sunrise Avenue in Roseville, with convenient access from both Hwys 80 and 65. Dental procedures include cosmetic dentistry, periodontal dentistry, dental exams, tooth cleaning, fillings, porcelain inlays and onlays, implants, crowns, bridges, veneers, teeth whitening, root canal therapy, orthodontics, periodontal treatment and surgery, and restorations including dentures and crowns. From our dental office in Roseville, we serves patients in the communities of Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Newcastle, Penryn, Lincoln, Sheridan, Wheatland, Colfax, Meadow Vista, Auburn, Citrus Heights, Folsom, and Sacramento. For more information contact us at (916) 786-2010, admin@mattcomfortdds.com, or Matt Comfort DDS, 568 North Sunrise Avenue, Ste. 390, Roseville, CA 95661.