This is a focused beam of X-Ray particles that passes through the teeth and bone to produce an image on special film, showing the structure through which it passed. This gives the familiar black and white images that doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems. X-rays are a necessary part of the diagnostic process, and not to use them could lead to undiagnosed disease. Without an X-ray of the whole tooth, and supporting bone and gum tissues, there is no real way to detect infection or pathology that requires attention.
X-Rays are usually taken once a year at regular cleanings and for any emergency treatment that may need to be provided. We recommend a full set of X-Rays (about 18 pictures) every 5 years to help us detect any diseases that may be present, but not visible in the mouth, supporting structures of the teeth, and the teeth themselves.