Dental X-Rays

Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam.  Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan.  Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.

Dental x-rays may reveal:

  • Abscesses or cysts.
  • Bone loss.
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
  • Decay between the teeth.
  • Developmental abnormalities.
  • Poor tooth and root positions.
  • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.

Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!

Are dental x-rays safe?

We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment.  The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series of x-rays is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources.

Dental x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe.  Dentists take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays.  These precautions include using lead apron shields to protect the body and using modern, fast film that cuts down the exposure time of each x-ray.

How often should dental x-rays be taken?

The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs.  Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for disease.

A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients.  A full series is usually good for three to five years.  Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.

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My previous dentist left me in a horrendous state. I was in constant discomfort and at the end of my rope. I didn't know if I could ever get back to normal, and I was worried I would go broke trying to fix the damage that was done. Dr. Michael Gilman accepted me as a patient knowing my situation. He was exactly what I needed, a dentist that cares more about his patients than his ego. He is a true professional who is patient, caring and compassionate. It was a long process but he never made me feel like a burden. His entire staff is wonderful and caring. His office is a very positive environment. His rates are reasonable and he didn't try to bleed me for every penny like my previous dentist. Now I feel a sense of normalcy for the first time in several years, and I know that I'm in good hands whenever I need dental work. I'll never take that for granted again. I'm so thankful I found Dr. Gilman, and I can't recommend him highly enough.

Rich R.

Dr. Michael was recommended to me by a good friend. I was more than a little apprehensive about having some significant dental work done. I found Dr. Michael and his staff to be top notch professionals. He inspired confidence in me and his staff reinforced that feeling by being thoroughly first class all the way. He explains things in a way that makes them right-sized and doable. My apprehension went away and his highly skilled hands have done some amazing work on my dental issues. I am very pleased with the results. This is THE dentist for me, bar none.

Alan S.

Teri is the the best dental hygienist I have experienced, such good work! She has great attention to detail and a gentle touch at the same time. Teri is a wonderful person! The whole staff is so friendly! The first time I have looked forward to my visit to the dentist is at Dr. Gilmans office!

Andy H.

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Larry E. Gilman, DDS & Michael S. Gilman, DDS

5220 Neil Road, Ste 210, Reno, NV 89502

Phone:(775) 826-7883