Submitted by: Dr. Scott Reader, DMD, PA, Your Hometown Dentist, One Senior Place Resident Business

Dentists need dental X-rays to properly diagnosis preventive check-ups, as well as specific problems of patients.  There are many different types of X-rays.  The dentist first needs what is called a “full mouth series” of X-rays, or a panoramic x-ray.  These sets of X-rays let the dentist get a clear view of all the teeth in the mouth, the different angels and the gum tissue.

Bitewing X-rays are typically taken every year to help detect cavities between the teeth and to check the bone level of teeth.  The periapical X-ray, often referred to as a “PA”, takes a full picture of the tooth from top to bottom. This X-ray is usually taken if the tooth is having symptoms or a specific problem.

Digital X-rays are becoming very popular and replacing, traditional film X-rays, due to the ease of use, efficiency, and most importantly the reduced amount of radiation needed.  Another benefit of digital X-rays is that if they become too light or dark, it can be adjusted on the computer.  Zooming in on a specific area of the tooth is another benefit.

There are guidelines and regulations put in place in order to keep the radiation exposure to a minimum.  When dental X-ray machines are used properly they are fairly safe and use very little radiation.

Most dental insurance plans cover routine dental X-rays as well as routine dental exams.


Dr. Scott Reader is a family and cosmetic dentist, specializing in Lumineers and the revolutionary Snap-On Smile.  His office is located at 7185 Murrell Road in Viera.  All seniors may schedule for a complimentary consultation by calling the office at 321-253-9588 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Reader.

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