Dental radiographs, or x-rays, are an important diagnostic tool that provides our dentists with information about your teeth and bones that is not available otherwise. Early detection is important to help save your beautiful smile so new x-rays are generally taken annually. Dental x-rays may reveal: - Decay - Bone loss - Developmental abnormalities - Poor root or tooth positioning - Problems inside a tooth and below the tooth line - Cysts or abscesses Early detection is critical to help save your oral health so new x-rays are generally taken annually. Dental x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe. We take all necessary precautions to limit each patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays.