Dental radiographs are an essential, preventive, diagnostic tool that provides valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Without X-rays, problem areas go undetected. Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!!

Dental x-rays may reveal:

  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Bone loss
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
  • Decay between the teeth
  • Poor tooth and root positions
  • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line
  • Detection of periodontal disease

Are dental X-rays safe???

We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. The amount of radiation exposure from a digital, full-mouth series of X-rays is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources. Dr. James R. Knochel takes precautions to limit our exposure to the radiation by using lead apron shields to protect your body. By using modern digital equipment we cut down the exposure time of each X-ray. Digital X-rays, as taken at Dr. Knochel’s office, will reduce the radiation up to 50% of conventional, non-digital X-rays.

How often should dental X-rays be taken?

The need for dental X-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental needs. Dr. Knochel will recommend the necessary X-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history. A full-mouth series of X-rays is the standard of care for new patients by Arizona Law.

Types of X-rays

  • A full series is usually good for three to five years. Patients with recurrent decay and periodontal disease may require more frequent X-rays.
  • Bite-wing X-rays are taken once a year by your general dentist or Dr. Knochel’s office.
  • A Panorex is used to see tumors or abnormalities in the jaw, to see the anatomy of your third molars, and to see the oral nerves and sinuses.
  • Digital tomography is used to evaluate your bone density for implant placement.

Dental X-rays may seem like a mundane aspect of your visit, but they play an important role in determining your individual treatment plan. If you have any questions about how we utilize digital X-rays in Tucson, Arizona, please call 520-747-7944 to speak to a member of our team. We look forward to providing you with comprehensive care.