Dental X-Rays

Dental X-Rays in Eagle, Idaho

Dental x-rays, also identified as radiographs, are an important part of any dental care treatment plan. They are diagnostic but can also be preventive by helping a dentist diagnose dental problems, such as cavities, tooth decay, or impacted teeth, in the early stages before they become a major expense or source of pain.

Like flossing and brushing, regular dental x-rays are an integral part of general oral health. It is very important to attend regular dental appointments, to have x-rays performed routinely, and to contact your dentist when you experience any pain or other changes in your mouth.

The office of Donald E. Larson, DMD, conveniently located in Eagle, Idaho, is eager to answer questions or address concerns you might have regarding dental x-rays. Call our friendly staff at (208) 939-3500  and schedule your appointment today! If it has been over a year since your last dental x-rays, it's recommended to have another. Our Eagle office is dedicated to providing you with affordable, top-quality dental care including dental x-rays!

Dental X-rays

What are Dental X-rays Used to Diagnose?

Dentist recommend dental x-rays to diagnose the following conditions:

  • Oral diseases
  • Infections in the jaw bone
  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Some types of tumors
  • Developmental abnormalities

What Will I Experience During and After the Procedure of Dental X-Rays?

Dental x-rays are a painless procedure. You may find staying still in a specified position uncomfortable, especially if you have an injury, but dentist Donald E. Larson and the dental hygienists at our Eagle, Idaho office can help you find a comfortable position to provide you high quality dental x-rays.


It is essential that you brush your teeth prior to having dental x-rays to create a more hygienic environment for the dentist and dental hygienist. Dentist Donald E. Larson or our dental hygienists will guide you through each stage of the process of dental x-rays. Here is what to expect:

Dental X-Rays - Preparation

First, the dental hygienist will cover you with a leaded thyroid collar and apron to protect your body from the small amount of radiation emitted from the machine taking the x-rays. Next, he or she will insert the dental film, used to image the dental x-rays, into your mouth. They may request you to bite down on dental film it to keep it in place.

Dental X-Rays - The Procedure

The dental hygienist or Dentist Donald E. Larson will then proceed to take the dental x-rays of the targeted area or your teeth and will repeat the process until he or she obtains dental x-rays of your entire mouth. If the dental x-rays require the use of a mouth holder, the dental hygienist or dentist Donald E. Larson will move and adjust it in your mouth to obtain accurate images. Most dentists perform x-rays in their offices though some facilities have a separate room just for the procedure of dental x-rays. When your dental examination is complete, dentist Donald E. Larson will review the dental x-rays and the report from the dental hygienist to create a plan with how to proceed with your dental care. Dental X-rays provide very valuable information difficult to obtain with other methods.


Dentist Donald E. Larson will use your X-rays to:

  • Find cavities
  • Look at your tooth roots
  • Monitor changes in your bones and teeth
  • Diagnose periodontal (gum) disease
  • Keep track of the status of developing and impacted teeth
  • Assist in the preparation of dentures, implants, or other dental procedures

Dentist Donald E. Larson will also perform professional dental x-rays on children to:

  • Reveal how baby teeth erupt through the gums
  • Aid in observing the size, location, and number of teeth that have yet to erupt through the gums
  • Determine if a child has any extra or missing teeth
  • Identify existing infections in new teeth
  • Prepare for any dental procedure

There are two common categories of dental x-rays with a third category of dental x-rays becoming more popular.

Intraoral X-rays

During the most common category, Intraoral X-rays, a dental hygienist places the film for x-rays inside the mouth. The different types of Intraoral X-rays are: 

  • Bite-wing X-rays
  • Periapical X-rays
  • Occlusal X-rays

Extraoral X-rays

The second category, extraoral x-rays, require the dental hygienist or dentist Donald E. Larson to place the dental film for x-rays outside the mouth. Extraoral X-rays detect dental problems in the jaw and skull. The different types of Extraoral X-rays are: 

  • Panoramic X-rays
  • Cephalometric X-rays

Digital X-rays

The latest technique for x-rays is Digital X-Rays. With Digital X-Rays, a flat electronic pad or sensor records the x-rays, and the captured image goes into a computer, where your dentist can view the x-rays on a digital screen, archive it or print it out.

Constant exposure to radiation from x-rays or a more severe source can damage cells and tissues in your body. Excessive exposure of radiation from x-rays may even lead to the development of cancer in some instances. Fortunately, the amount of radiation you receive from professional dental x-rays is minimal, and it is unlikely to result in a measurable risk. Advances in dentistry over the years have led to the establishment of several measures that can minimize the risks associated with x-rays. The office of dentist Donald E. Larson, located in Eagle, Idaho, uses the most efficient and tested technology to assure you're getting the best possible x-rays and dental care.

To have more comfort about upcoming dental x-rays, feel free to ask your hygienist or dentist, Donald E. Larson, to show you the film used to take dental x-rays, the holder, and the sensor. Ask dentist Donald E. Larson to demonstrate how he will place the apparatus in your mouth to take the x-rays. Also, ask for a demonstration on how to position yourself and how many seconds you should stay still in achieve the best dental x-rays.

How often you should have professional dental x-rays mainly depends on your health needs. Eagle dentist, Donald E. Larson, can examine your needs and come up with a schedule for receiving examinations with x-rays. If you are a new patient to Donald E. Larson, he may recommend that you take a full series of dental x-rays to assess the current condition of your mouth. The dentist and dental hygienists will use your dental x-rays to track the health and position of your teeth into the future. As you attend future dental checkups at our Eagle, Idaho office, dentist Donald E. Larson may require fewer dental x-rays to observe the state of your oral health. Especially, if your condition continues to look healthy.


Other factors that determine how often you should receive dental x-rays include:

  • Age
  • Insurance coverage
  • Medical and dental history
  • Risk for a disease
  • Signs and symptoms of a disease

Those who need more frequent and regular dental x-rays include:

  • Children and teenagers
  • Adults with many fillings, bridges, crowns, or other restorations
  • People with periodontal (gum) disease
  • Individuals with dry mouth, also known as xerostomia
  • Smokers
  • Users of chewing tobacco