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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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I had to change dentists after mine retired. Dr Saxon was referred by my dentist. I went in this morning with what I thought was a broken filling. They made my appointment the very next day after I called. Turned out I needed a crown. My nerve is extremely hard to get numb. Dr. Saxon was so perfect in handling the numbing process. I have had bad experiences in the past were I was extremely sore for several days following numbing injections. Not so today! Dr. Saxon called me this evening to check in and see how I was doing. First time ever from a Dentist. Was I dissapointed to need a crown, yes, but Dr. Saxon and his assistant walked me through the process. I left with no questions. The crown is being custom made to fit my tooth and a color guide was presented to ensure the crown matches my tooth color. This is the first time for me to change dentists in 15 years. I feel blessed to have found a fabulous dentist that seems to genuinely care for his patients. Not once did I feel like Dr. Saxon was rushing to finish so he could go to another patient. Thank you Dr. Saxon!

Toni G.

All the staff is well prepared for the duties they perform starting at the front desk until I leave. I've always been treated professionally by everyone. I gladly recommend this office to my friends. Keep up the good work!

B. Holman

My insurance listed Saxon Dental as in network. I hadn't been there before but I made an appointment and went today. Talk about a wonderful experience. The very best dental practice I've ever been to. As a new patient they give you a gift, they give you a complete tour of the facility and meet everyone. You are treated like a real person; they make you feel welcome and appreciate you being there. I can't even begin to say how great they are.

J. Hubbes

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