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Why should I have x-rays taken of my teeth and mouth?

Dental x-rays are taken to check for routine problems such as cavities, gum disease, abscesses, and missing teeth.  In addition, the x-rays we take can detect impacted teeth, cysts, tumors, extra teeth, cracked teeth, etc. The radiation produced by dental x-ray machines is very small and we use the appropriate shielding while taking them.  We use all digital x-rays in our office which means that a full set of x-rays gives you the same exposure as living in a brick home for 2 years. Yes, stone and brick buildings emit radiation. Not taking dental x-rays is the equivalent of taking your car to a mechanic and not letting him look under the hood.  Without them, we simply cannot do our job.

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