How much do dental x-rays cost?

Fees for radiographs (x-rays) may vary depending on where you live or where your dentist is located (area of country, urban, suburban, center of town, etc.). In addition there are always going to be a range of fees for the same service. Also, the fee will vary according to what type of radiograph(s) you need for diagnosis of your oral health. You may need a single periapical radiograph, bite-wing or "cavity detecting" radiographs, a complete mouth series, a panograph or any number of other types of radiographic films or studies.

You may be able to find average fees for dental treatment in your area, but as with most other things just because a product or service may be the cheapest, does not necessarily mean it is the best. Also, you must feel confident in the dentist providing your care.

The cost of an x-ray can vary from area of the country to area of the country but even part of the city to a different part of the city. A single image usually runs around $12-$20 each. Most often dentists will take a series of images. Sometimes we take four bitewings (which show us in between the back teeth to check for cavities). This series can run $50-$80 or more. Sometimes we take a full series of images (18 images or so...which show us cavities plus also shows us bone levels and nerve health). This series can cost $100-$150 or more. A panoramic image is a single image of the entire upper and lower arch. This requires a different machine and can cost $100-$150 or more. It shows the entire mouth on one image.

A single dental x-ray would cost between $15-25. Four check-up or bitewing x-rays may cost between $50-$100, and a full mouth series (18 x-rays) or panoramic x-ray would cost between $100-200.

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