Dental X-Rays

Dental X-rays provide the dentist and hygienist a precise image of your teeth and bones, which may not be visible at the time of your examination. They are an important tool to detect any concerns that could go undetected.

These dental images are created through use of radiography. Everyone is exposed to varying levels of radiation every day. From computer screens and televisions to the sun itself, radiation is very small part of life. Traditional x-rays distribute safe amounts of radiation. To further safeguard our patients, we will shield your body with a lead apron, thereby preventing any radiation to penetrate the body.

What will these images reveal?

In addition to picking up decay of a tooth or teeth, these dental images will also reveal problems that may exist within a tooth, or under the gum line where the human eye cannot see.

Additionally:

  • Shifting or poorly aligned tooth root positioning on the jawbone
  • Decay that may exist between teeth or between teeth and appliances
  • Bone loss that may be occurring
  • Tumors — benign or malignant
  • Any other dental abnormalities of which you may not be aware

Remember the importance of timely 6 month exams. Finding and treating problems in the early part of their manifestation can surely cause you to avoid loss of money, pain and discomfort, and of course loss of teeth.

Are X-Rays Safe?

Everyone involved in the x-ray process are highly trained professionals taking radiographic x-rays. Handled properly and following health safety regulations, radiographic procedures produce small, safe amounts of radiation; they are perfectly safe.

Are x-rays a part of every appointment?

We require a complete set of x-rays for all of our new patients. A full set of mouth x-rays are usually good for approximately 5-6 years. Additionally, we make recommendations for additional x-rays based on the dental exam, patient history, any obvious conditions, risk of disease and age.

As for every half-year, we may take bite wing images (these are images of your teeth in a biting down position where top and bottom teeth meet. We may not need x-rays at each semi-annual check-up visits, depending if existing or new issues are detected.

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Dr. Joel Moskowitz, DMD
The Dental Center
28 Bowling Green Parkway
Suite 6
Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849

tel: (973) 663-4220
fax: (973) 663-6136
email: jmmdmd@msn.com

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