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Complete dental x-ray series

A full-mouth series of x-rays is the first step in a thorough dental examination. Our Houston dentist take this series of x-rays so we can find:

  • Cavities between the teeth
  • Worn-out fillings and crowns
  • Tartar on the roots
  • Receding bone levels and abscesses
Our Houston dentist will place 18 separate film packets throughout your mouth to make a thorough evaluation. A lead apron is draped over you to protect the rest of your body while she x-rays your mouth.

Dental x-rays use high-speed film, so the amount of radiation exposure is very low. Machines vary, but a full series of x-rays only adds as much radiation as you'd get from about 8 extra weeks of natural background radiation. Even if you've recently had other x-rays taken, a full-mouth set of x-rays does not add to that exposure.

A full-mouth set of x-rays is an important part of a thorough dental examination. It gives our Houston dentist vital information she can't get from any other source.

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