Detecting Tooth Decay Early.

Imaging tools such as X-rays are used for both prevention and diagnosis. They allow dentists to see structures within the oral cavity that are not visible during a visual assessment.

When Is Diagnostic Imaging Necessary? 

Your dentist may require X-rays as part of your dental assessment in order to:

  • Screen for tooth decay, gum disease, impacted teeth, bone infections, and the presence of abscesses or other abnormalities. 

  • Monitor the progression of existing diseases associated with the teeth or structures of the oral cavity.

  • Determine an appropriate treatment plan based on your teeth and oral cavity health.

Procedure - For Bitewings, orthopantomogram (OPG)/ cone beam computed tomography (CBCT)

Step 1: 

To begin, you will be required to wear a lead apron to protect your body from the radiation that is emitted from the X-ray machine.

Step 2: 

Your dentist will then place a plastic apparatus into your mouth for you to bite on to hold the X-ray sensor in place. 

Step 3: 

You will need to remain still and breathe through your nose to ensure an accurate diagnostic image can be obtained. 

Step 4: 

This is a pain-free process that may be repeated on various teeth until all the necessary images have been obtained.

Step 5: 

Alternatively, your dentist may take a full mouth 2D/3D X-ray image (OPG/CBCT). For this, you will be positioned standing in the machine, where you will be asked to gently bite down on a mouthpiece to steady your head as the x-ray tube and imaging plate rotate around your head region. A 3D X-ray will allow your dentist to observe bone thickness and other pathologies that a normal exam may miss.

Our Pricing

Bitewings / Periapical


$38/before GST

Full mouth and lateral

cephalometric X-ray

$95/before GST

CT scan (3D) X-ray

$280/before GST

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

Is X-ray imaging safe?

Yes, X-ray machines emit a low level of radiation and are considered safe. A lead apron with a thyroid collar is placed on the patient for protection.

Do I need to get X-rays regularly?

Healthy individuals require updated X-rays every three years. Meanwhile, patients with gum disease or those that are more susceptible to tooth decay should get new X-rays annually to monitor their condition.

Can I get an X-ray while pregnant?

While X-rays are generally safe for pregnant women, they should only be utilised if the dental procedure cannot be delayed to after pregnancy.

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The dePacific Dental Group has been established since 2000. We have since been providing our patients with personalised and professional dental experience. We also offer comprehensive, high quality dental services in a safe and comfortable environment.