X-Ray films (or Radiographs) detect decay in between teeth that cannot be seen during a routine dental examination. X-rays are also used to detect abnormalities such as missing or extra teeth, permanent teeth erupting in poor angles, which can damage adjacent teeth, and also to diagnose bone diseases.
We offer one of the latest technological advances in dentistry with digital radiography (X-rays). A wireless sensor is placed in the mouth, and a computer generates an image in 30 seconds as opposed to the general 4-6 minute wait time for images taken on dental film. Our modern, low radiation dental x-ray machines are very safe. Contrast this minimal exposure with the risk of not finding an illness until it is too late, and you can see why we prescribe regular diagnostic x-rays.
In general, Dr. Shannon request radiographs approximately once a year. For children with a high risk of tooth decay, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends radiographs every six months.