Dental X-Rays

What are Dental X-Rays?

A dental x-ray can help us to see what would otherwise be missed with a regular examination. X-rays allow us to see underlying cavities, infections, impacted teeth and issues with restorations that would go unnoticed. These x-rays use a small amount of radiation to produce a high-quality in-depth image. They’re completely safe for the majority of our patients to have done in our office.

Why are Dental X-Rays needed?

Dental x-rays will be needed at the majority of your appointments. For routine preventative care, these x-rays help us to detect and monitor any changes to your oral health. For emergency appointments, we can get a feel for what the problem is and the best treatment available to you. We may take x-rays before, during and after certain procedures, like root canals and surgeries.

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Who’s a good candidate for Dental X-Rays?

Because dental x-rays use such a small amount of radiation, they are safe for most of our patients to have done in our office. We can let you know when and if x-rays are needed and you always have the option to decline having them done. However, keep in mind that the benefits of having dental x-rays taken far outweigh any risks that may be involved. They are an important part of your overall dental health and well-being.

What happens during the procedure for Dental X-Rays?

One of our trained dental staff members will sit you comfortably in one of our examining rooms. We drape a lead apron over your body to help in refracting any radiation. A small device is then placed inside of the mouth so that the actual machine can be angled to take the image. The image is taken and the device is moved to another area of the mouth. This step is repeated until all of the necessary x-rays have been taken and developed for Dr. Barsa to look over during your appointment.

If you would like to come into our office for new dental x-rays, call us now and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment for you.


Here at Confident Smiles, we practice all CDC and OSHA standards of infection control on a daily basis, even prior to this virus. We treat everything to the highest standards for our patient’s and employee’s safety. 

We are able to see ALL patients at this time. 

We clean everything with hospital level disinfectants as part of our standard protocol and we sterilize all of our instruments. The handwashing protocol advised by the CDC is routine for us. We feel safe enough to continue to stay open and care for our patients since we always practice disease prevention as advised by OSHA and the CDC. As per our standard policy, sick patients will NOT be seen to protect all involved in their dental care. 

We have added the following precautions to our daily protocol

  • Patient phone screening questions about current symptoms illness and/or recent travel
  • Usage of hand sanitizer for every patient who enters the office
  • Daily employee screening questions about current symptoms of illness 

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