Complete Dental Exams & X-rays at Brilliant Smiles, NJ

A dental examination is a critical part of oral health.


A dental examination is a critical part of oral health. During a dental exam, the dentist will clean your teeth and check your teeth and gums for any signs of a cavity or any other diseases.

Dental X-rays are pictures of your teeth that are used to evaluate your oral health. The X-ray images help the dentist to understand if there are cavities or tooth decay. Dental X-rays are a common part of dental care procedures.


A dental examination, commonly referred to as a dental checkup, is the process of reviewing your oral health. Dr. Sonal Deshpande usually reviews your entire mouth during the examination. However, the dental examination can be limited to only a specific part of the mouth to check the state of the gums, cavities, etc. 

Brilliant Smiles of North Plainfield offers in-office dental X-rays for your convenience. X-rays, also known as radiographs, have long been part of preventive care in dentistry. Dental X-rays are images of the hidden structure of your teeth and the teeth above your gums. These X-rays are used with low radiation levels to capture the interior parts of your teeth. Dental X-rays help the dentist get the right information about your teeth and plan the treatments accordingly.

What Is A Dental Exam At Brilliant Smiles dental office?

At Brilliant Smiles, Dr. Sonal Deshpande will do a thorough examination of your mouth if you are visiting the dentist for the first time. Dr. Sonal Deshpande will also check for the fillings and crowns and if they are in good health. It is advisable to get a dental checkup done every 6 months.

There are 4 types of checkups or examinations on the basis of needs:

What Are Dental X-rays?

Digital X-rays are computer-generated images that require up to 90% less radiation than conventional film-type X-rays. Instead of using the traditional silver-oxide X-ray film, which must be developed and then fixed in caustic and environmentally damaging solutions, the new system takes pictures via a small electronic sensor.

Dental X-rays are used primarily to find cavities, but dentists also use them to look at tooth roots, the health of bone surrounding the tooth, to assess possible periodontal (gum) disease problems, and to keep track of development in younger patients. Remedial procedures for your teeth begin by taking a dental X-ray.

X-rays pass through the soft tissues of the face and mouth (lips, cheeks, etc.) and are absorbed by the hard material of teeth and bone. A picture of the tooth is instantaneously transmitted onto the monitor in the treatment room so we can see your teeth and surrounding structures immediately. 

Depending on what problem has to be addressed or found out, various views of teeth are required. And below are the types of X-rays usually taken:

Why Are Dental X-rays Performed?

Dental X-rays are typically performed once a year. They can happen more if your dentist is tracking the progress of your dental problem or treatment.

Dental X-rays frequency depends on various factors which may include:

The immediacy of digital X-rays allows the dentist to assess the health of your teeth and identify potential problems right away. Because the images from digital X-rays are available immediately, the dentist can also share these images with you while you’re still in the dental chair, allowing you to see and understand your oral health condition as the dentist explains it.

If you are a new patient you will undergo an X-ray so that the dentist gets an understanding of your entire oral health. Dental X-rays are performed to study any prevalent disease in the early stages so that the severity of the disease can be prevented. Dental X-rays help in seeing those problems which sometimes cannot be visually seen during the oral examination.

What To Expect At The dental office For Dental X-ray?

Dr. Sonal Deshpande will ask you to get comfortable in the chair before she begins the examination.

The dental hygienist accompanying her will clean your mouth for a better and comfortable examination. Once that is done, Dr. Sonal Deshpande takes over and begins to examine your mouth.

Now that the examination is done, if needed you will be guided to take the X-ray.

While there can be separate X-ray rooms at few dental offices, others can have the X-ray machine in the same room. The X-ray machine is placed right next to the chair you sit to get a better view of the interiors of your mouth. The required X-ray is then taken. On the basis of the X-ray, Dr. Sonal Deshpande will guide you to the next course of action.

What Are The Prerequisites For A Dental X-ray?

Though there are no special requirements when it comes to dental X-rays, it is advisable that you brush your teeth before you arrive at the dental office. There is no separate appointment required for a dental X-ray.

What To Expect After The Dental X-ray And Examination?

After a thorough oral examination, Dr. Sonal Deshpande may advise you to avoid extremely hot and cold foods immediately.   Apart from that, you may be given the medications or suggested a dental treatment depending on the oral health conditions as diagnosed by Dr. Sonal Deshpande.

For any queries related to dental care or dental problems, please feel free to contact us on 908-753-1772

Dr. Sonal Deshpande
Dr. Sonal Deshpande, DDS

About Dr. Sonal Deshpande

Dr. Sonal Deshpande is a gentle, caring dentist who uses the most advanced materials and procedures available. She practices comfortable, caring dentistry focused on establishing optimal oral health, with a strong emphasis on getting to know each patient. In addition to her technical proficiency, Dr. Sonal Deshpande is a careful listener and will explain beforehand which treatment is best for your individual needs.

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