Oral Health Information

Dental X-Rays and Digital Radiology

Dental radiographs – also known as x-rays – are a necessary diagnostic tool that provide information that a regular dental exam just cannot cover.  An x-ray can reveal a number of hidden dental abnormalities and pathologies that will complete an exam and contribute to an accurate treatment plan.  It is a safe procedure that takes only a few minutes, and can be life saving in some circumstances.  

X-rays can reveal minor issues like poor root position, hidden decay,  problems within a tooth and below the gum line, as well as developmental abnormalities.  They can also identify more serious issues, like abscesses, bone loss, or even cancer.  

By checking for these issues regularly, you may catch an issue at an early stage saving you time,  money and even discomfort, in the long run. 


You may have heard that x-rays expose you to unnecessary levels of radiation.  The fact of the matter is, you are exposed to natural radiation in your environment on an ongoing basis. 

While dental x-rays do produce a low level of radiation, the levels are so low that they are considered safe.  Even so, dental clinics will take the necessary precautions to ensure that the exposure is as little as possible, covering the body with a lead apron and utilizing a technology that is fast and takes the least amount of time.  


The nice thing about dental x-rays is that you typically don’t need to do them with every exam.  One set of x-rays might be good for 3-5 years. If you are visiting a dental office for the first time, they will likely take a set of x-rays to give them a baseline and detect any issues right off the bat.  

Beyond that, your medical history, age, results from a dental exam, and risk of dental disease will all coordinate to determine when your next x-rays will coincide.  

About Our Clinic

Welcome to Signal Hill Dental Centre, a general dental clinic located in SW Calgary. Our team is dedicated to providing our patients with honest and caring dental treatments so that they are able to achieve and maintain optimal oral and overall health goals.

At our clinic, our team strives to offer our services that make visits to the dentist convenient for you. This includes:

  • Clinic hours open 7 days a week
  • Extended hours (early mornings, evenings, and weekend)
  • Direct billing insurance
  • Same day emergency dental appointments
  • Comparable and up to date pricing
  • Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT) Certified

We offer a range of dental services including general cleaning, emergency dentistry, children dentistry, dental repairs, Invisalign teeth straightening, Botox for TMJ/TMD and more. We offer Swiss technology Guided Biofilm Therapy (GBT), which comes standard in all hygiene cleaning appointments.

The core of our clinic values is focused around providing great customer service. We treat our patients as if they were a part of our own staff or family. Our knowledgable team constantly ensures continuous communication and education so that our patients are comfortable through each procedure.

Our SW Calgary dental clinic is accepting new patients. If you would like to meet with one of our Dentists or book a consultation, please contact us and we would be delighted to arrange an appointment.

We look forward to serving you.

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