Are Dental X-Rays Right for You?

Dr. Allen Sun of Laurentian Dental Centre Kitchener

Dr. Allen Sun, Laurentian Dental, Kitchener

X-rays are a vital part of all dental care. Whether you’re suffering from an easy to spot dental issue or are just due for a checkup – regular x-rays give us the whole picture. Not only offering clear diagnostic imaging but preventative benefits to your long-term health.

Dental x-rays, also known as radiographs, give us highly detailed images of your mouth tissues, bone, and teeth for a clear understanding of:



Developmental status on new teeth




Periodontal disease


Bone health


Teeth root health


And much more

How Do X-Rays Work?

Dental x-rays help us see what isn’t topically visible by penetrating the soft tissues of skin and gums more powerfully than harder tissues of teeth and bone for contrast imaging with different degrees of shadow. These images help in the preparation and placement of many procedures such as dental implants and orthodontic therapy.

Dentist showing dental x-ray to smiling patient.

X-Rays provide a highly detailed view of your mouth.

Hidden Dental Diseases

Diseases that go undetected without x-rays can result in the unnecessary loss of teeth and in some instances, even be life threatening.

X-rays help us spot the 200+ diseases that can occur in the mouth and jaw. Identifying many hidden forms of disease, cavities, bone infections, impacted wisdom teeth, cysts, and tumors. They can even potentially save you from a fatal stroke, by detecting early warning signs such as calcium deposits in the carotid arteries of the neck.

Dental X-Rays for Kids

Dental x-rays help us spot potential issues like gum infections that left undiagnosed and untreated, can spread to other parts of a child’s developing body including the brain, lungs, and heart.

While children are more radiosensitive than adults, the FDA regulates x-ray machinery to ensure a special lower dose setting for children to minimize the effects of radiation.

“X-rays help us spot the 200+ diseases that can occur in the mouth and jaw. Identifying many hidden forms of disease, cavities, bone infections, impacted wisdom teeth, cysts, and tumors.”

Are Dental X-Rays Safe During Pregnancy?

No single diagnostic dental x-ray has a radiation dose significant enough to harm a developing embryo or fetus. Dental x-rays are safe for pregnant women with the standard shielding every patient receives. Preventative cleanings and annual exams are not only perfectly safe for pregnant women but recommended.

Because of a spike in hormone levels, gums are prone to swelling and bleeding which can trap food and lead to increased irritation. Keeping in good oral health while pregnant helps prevent oral infections like gum disease which has been linked to preterm births.

The Big Picture

Together we decide how often and what types of x-rays are required for your individual dental care needs by first reviewing your history and doing a full mouth examination.

We recommend a general screening for any new patients which includes a very low dosage x-ray panoramic helping us assess your head, sinuses, jaw, neck, teeth, bones and more.

Phosphor plate dental x-rays provide us with a better understanding of your overall oral wellness. Using this safe, effective diagnostic tool we’re able to stay better informed and on top of your very best health.

Yours for better dental health,

Put Your Best Smile Forward!

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