Misconceptions: Dental x-rays aren't worth the money

May 5, 2023
We get it—it's hard to spend money on dental x-rays. But here are the reasons you really can't afford not to get them done.
David R. Rice, DDS, Chief editor

Dental pros know that most patients don’t love getting x-rays. In fact, we’re always getting questions about whether dental x-rays are really necessary, and a lot of that comes down to cost (sometimes they’re covered by dental insurance; sometimes they’re not).

But in the long term, dental x-rays are an investment, and investments don’t always come cheap.

And the truth is, investing in the cost of x-rays can keep you from spending much more money down the road. In this gallery, learn about the misconceptions of dental x-rays and saving money.

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Mercury and dental amalgam fillings: Pros and cons

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About the Author

David R. Rice, DDS | Chief editor

Founder of the nation’s largest student and new-dentist community, igniteDDS, David R. Rice, DDS, travels the world speaking, writing, and connecting today’s top young dentists with tomorrow’s most successful dental practices. He is the editorial director of DentistryIQ and leads a team-centered restorative and implant practice in East Amherst, New York. With 27 years of practice in the books, Dr. Rice is trained at the Pankey Institute, the Dawson Academy, Spear Education, and most prolifically at the school of hard knocks. Contact him at [email protected].