We recommend a full set of radiographs, which includes images of all teeth, every five years. A full-mouth series includes both bitewing and vertical x-rays. Bitewings provide valuable information to detect decay and vertical x-rays show the roots of the teeth. Vertical x-rays show information about fractured roots, bone levels, and can even confirm infection.
A bitewing series is taken every year, or more, depending on your dental history to check for cavities in between the teeth.
In the event of a dental emergency, we may take one or more x-rays to diagnose your condition so that Dr. Caselle can provide proper treatment to get you out of pain fast.
With digital x-rays, the radiation exposure is minimal. The amount of radiation you get from sunlight is 35 millirems per year. Compare this to a digital x-ray, which is 0.15 millirems per exposure. Although the exposure is low, we still use a protective apron when taking x-rays for added safety.
If you have questions about the safety or necessity of your x-rays, let us know. We are always happy to provide useful information to help you get the most out of your dental care.
If you are pregnant, research now shows that it is okay to have x-rays taken if needed. However, you should check with your physician if there are any concerns.