About Dental X-rays

Why do I need dental x-rays?

Radiographic, or X-ray, examinations provide Dr. Zimmerman with an important tool that shows the condition of your teeth, its roots, jaw placement and the overall composition of your facial bones. X-rays can help Dr. Zimmerman determine the presence or degree of periodontal (gum) disease, abscesses and many abnormal growths, such as cysts and tumors. X-rays also can show the exact location of impacted and unerupted teeth. They can pinpoint the location of cavities and other signs of disease that may not be possible to detect through a visual examination.

What is my schedule?

Your radiographic schedule is based on Dr. Zimmerman's assessment of your individual needs, including , whether you're a new patient or a follow-up patient, adult or child, as well as the ADA's recommendation. In most cases, new patients require a full set of mouth X-rays to evaluate oral health status, including any underlying signs of gum disease, and for future comparison. Follow-up patients may require X-rays to monitor their gum condition or their chance of tooth decay.

Concerned about radiation exposure?

Dental X-rays require exposure to very low levels of radiation, which makes the risk of potentially harmful effects very small. We are all sensitive to our patients' concerns about exposure to radiation. Dr. Zimmerman has been trained to prescribe X-rays when they are appropriate and and each of his staff assigned to take X-rays has been trained and licensed to do so. By using state-of-the-art technology and by staying knowledgeable about recent advances, Dr. Zimmerman and his staff know which techniques, procedures and X-ray films can minimize your exposure to radiation.

Need more information?

If you have further questions on how Dr. Zimmerman determines the need for X-rays, just give our office a call at (530) 661-1155.


Source: Academy of General Denitistry Know your teeth Oct 2008

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