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The Importance of X-rays

Whether you are coming in for a check up and clean or for a filling, the dentist will often take X-rays of your teeth. X-rays are vital in assisting a comprehensive assessment of your teeth and  early detection of possible issues. Problems such as decay, or issues with the root cannot be seen from the surface, therefore x-rays assist in early detection.

Are  X-rays harmful?

Not to worry, X-rays are safe for all patients. New technology, has assisted in decreasing the levels of radiation to extremely low levels that are not harmful to people.

When should X-rays be taken?

X-rays may be required to be taken at different and varying points in time. Our dentist recommend having X-rays taken every two years to ensure that there are no issues developing in your teeth.

What can X-rays detect? 

  • Areas of decay in and between your teeth
  • Wisdom teeth growth
  • Infections
  • Problems with the root of the tooth
  • Gum disease


If you ever have concerns or queries about X-rays, do not hesitate to ask your dentist. X-rays are a vital tool in helping your dentist ensure that your teeth are the healthiest they can be!