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Dental 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.

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!

Are dental x-rays safe?

We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment.  The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series of x-rays is equal to 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.  Dentists take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays.  These precautions include using lead apron shields to protect the body and using modern, fast film that cuts down the exposure time of each x-ray.

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 of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients.  A full series is usually good for three to five years.  Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.

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Dr Kawai has been one of the most helpful and outstanding dentists that I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. I've been going to him for the last eight years, but since I have moved away from the area, I can say that I no longer come here. I can only give him and his wonderful staff a five-star recommendation.

His staff has always given me helpful advice to maintaining my dental health, and to this day, I have not had a cavity or serious oral problem. If you're in the Palos Verdes area and are looking for a reliable dentist that pays attention to detail, I would definitely suggest paying Dr. Kawai a visit.

Steve N.

I had a couple of dental problems spring up. My regular dentist, whom I've been seeing for years, I felt, didn't do a good job. I wanted to get a second opinion for treatment and went to see Dr. Kawai as well as a couple of other dentists. He was kind, professional, very thorough and seemed to be an excellent dentist. He even caught a cracked tooth. I would recommend this dentist and am seriously considering switching dentists.

Chris K.

Fantastic dentist! I have been seeing him since I was a kid. Friendly, trustworthy, and reliable. He is available for emergencies and NEVER tries to upsell any product or try to do an unnecessary procedure. Side story: I went to another dentist while away at college and he said i had a cavity. I said i wanted another opinion and took the xrays home. I saw Dr. Kawai and he did an oral inspection, viewed the x-rays, and told me that was just a stain on my tooth, nothing to worry about! 8 years later, still no cavity on that tooth!

Sadly, the only downside is he does not take United Concordia, so i have to see another dentist. But if there are any serious issues, i will still go to him for a second opinion because i trust him implicitly!

Amanda H.

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