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.