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Dental X-Rays

Dental X-Rays in Downtown Chicago 

We have been using digital X-rays for over 15 years. Why? We are committed to providing the best dental care possible while using state-of-the-art technology. These digital pictures of your teeth reduces your exposure by 80-90% of traditional 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 and you will wind up losing more tooth structure to decay than needed.


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!

Help us help you stay healthy and happy by joining our prevention and early intervention mission!


Are dental X-rays safe?

Absolutely. In fact, even for people exposed to high levels of radiation in their daily job (ex. X-ray technicians, interventional radiologists, etc) are at no greater risk for cancer formation than average people! That says a lot! We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment.  The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series of X-rays is less than 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.  We take necessary precautions to limit the your exposure to radiation when taking dental X-rays.  These precautions include using lead apron shields to protect the body and of course, using digital sensors, which cuts down the exposure time of each image.


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 (18 pictures in total) of dental X-rays is recommended for new patients.  A full mouth series is usually good for three to five years.  Bite-wing X-rays (X-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are just 4 pictures and are taken at "recall" (check-up) visits. Again, depending on your risk factors, they are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.

If you would like to schedule an appointment or have any questions about dental x-rays please contact Tilden Dental Group at their River North dental practice today!