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Digital Radiographs (X-rays)

X-rays (radiographs) are the most common and widely available diagnostic imaging technique in the field of medicine. Dental X-rays are considered safe and radiate small amounts of radiation. The caring dentists at St Clair are mindful of our patients’ concerns about radiation and only prescribe x-rays if they are absolutely necessary. Generally, to monitor changes that occur in between your teeth small routine x-rays are required on both left and right sides of your mouth every 18- 24months.

In addition to those, individual x-rays are required to confirm diagnosis of a single tooth when problems persist.

Digital X-ray technology helps to diagnose dental conditions promptly. A high quality digital image can be obtained immediately at St Clair Dental, Woodville through the use of such technology to provide faster imaging, detailed radiographs and quality digital images. As compared to the conventional film X-ray, there is reduced radiation exposure to the patient.

Under certain circumstances, such as finding the status of wisdom teeth, to reveal cysts, tumours, bone irregularities and more, a full mouth x-ray is required to show a wide view of all teeth, roots and surrounding bone on a single film. At St Clair Dental, we have the equipment on site to take an OPG (full mouth) x-rays so our patients have the added convenience of having them done promptly.
Dental X-rays help to assess the following conditions:

  • Areas and extent of decay invisible to the eye
  • Decay under a restoration (filling)
  • Bone loss due to gum disease
  • Changes in the root canal or surrounding bone due to an infection
  • Assessment of bone density for dental implants
  • Presence of tumours
  • In children, the location and future eruption sequence of permanent teeth
  • Positioning of wisdom teeth


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