Dr. Sheila Shellorn
General Family Dentistry Practice


Dental problems often go undetected because they remain hidden within the teeth and bones of the mouth. X-rays identify these hidden problems. In addition to identifying decay, X-rays can detect trauma to the teeth and bones, reveal impacted teeth, and uncover signs of periodontal or bone disease. X-rays are an inexpensive and relatively harmless way to detect dental problems before they result in serious and potentially costly problems down the road.

Patients often worry their exposure to radiation during dental x-ray procedures. At Square One Dental x-rays are taken with high-speed film that minimizes a patient's exposure to radiation. Combine this with a lead apron and the equipment used, patients have little cause for worry. In fact, normal dental X-rays are safer than allowing existing problems in the mouth (decay, infection, bone loss or impacted teeth) to persist.

Not everyone needs to have radiographs taken at every dental visit. Only your dentist can say how often you need them. The dentist will prescribe the appropriate type, number and frequency of x-rays based on your individual needs. There are three types of radiographs that are routinely taken:


Used to help diagnose cavities between the teeth, as these areas are not visible when looking directly in the mouth.

X-Rays Image 1


Shows the entire tooth, including the root and surrounding bone.

Useful in diagnosing an abscess, impacted tooth or bone loss due to periodontal disease.

X-Rays Image 2


  • Gives a view of the whole jaw.
  • Good screening tool.
  • Used for the extraction of wisdom teeth.
  • Shows any abnormal growths or cysts in the jaw bone.

X-Rays Image 3

Our Dentist

Dr. Sheila Shellborn
Bow Valley Square 1
Suite 370, 202 - 6th Avenue SW
Calgary, AB
T2P 2R9
Tel: 403.265.2400
Fax: 403.262.3168
Email us HERE