Dental X-Rays in North Vancouver, BC
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 as well as problems inside the bone and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected. We use the latest technologies in Dental Radiography minimizing patient exposure and radiation.
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
Finding 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, and especially Digital Dental X-rays, produce a low level of radiation and are considered very safe. At our North Vancouver office we take necessary precautions to limit your exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays. We use lead apron shields to protect your body and also modern, digital x-rays that reduce exposure time.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
The need for dental x-rays depends on your individual needs. Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based on your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms of dental problems and disease, age, and risk for disease.
A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients and 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 any new dental problems.
Our Lynn Valley office is also equipped to take Digital Panorex X-rays. These radiographs help detect problems with your jaws, sinuses, jaw joints, wisdom teeth, and other areas of the mouth not accessible with conventional small dental x-rays.