Cost of Dental X-rays


The first step to the effective treatment of many dental problems and concerns is a set of dental X-rays. Taking a set of X-rays of your teeth and jawline is a painless procedure. What’s more, it’s generally an affordable service, costing just $10 to around $250, depending on which kind of X-ray your dentist needs to take. And if you have dental insurance coverage, that policy might even take care of the cost of your dental X-rays.

If your dentist has indicated a need for a set of dental X-rays and you’re worried about the cost, read on to learn what to expect.

Cost Breakdown for Different Types of Dental X-rays

Your dentist will choose one of four separate types of dental X-rays. Each kind of X-ray carries a different cost. Those costs are outlined for you below solely for basic information. Call your dentist’s office for an appointment to discuss the exact cost.

  • Bitewing X-Rays: These X-rays point out areas of decay between teeth and show potential areas of gum disease. If you’re visiting your dentist for a routine exam, this is likely the X-ray your dentist will order. The cost of bitewing X-rays ranges from around $10 to $25 each or $20–$100 for a full set.
  • Periapical X-Rays: As with the bitewing X-ray, the periapical x-ray illuminates areas of potential decay and gum disease. It shows a bit more detail than a bitewing set and is often ordered at the same time as the bitewing set so your dentist can get a fuller, more complete image and idea of your oral health overall. Periapical X-rays cost between $15 and $30 each, or approximately $85–250 for a full-mouth set.
  • Panoramic X-Rays (or Radiographs): Panoramic dental radiographs or X-rays show your full mouth at the level of the jawline. This type of X-ray image helps ensure the best possible long-term fit for braces and other orthodontia. The cost for panoramic radiographs is generally $60 to $150.
  • Occlusal X-Rays: These X-rays scan both dental palates (top and bottom) to identify atypical issues such as fractures in the jawbone, excess teeth, foreign object injuries and more. The cost for occlusal X-rays runs about $20 to $40 each.

Additional Costs for Dental X-Rays

In addition to the base cost for your dental X-rays, you may be charged additional amounts for the accompanying exam or associated services. Talk to your dentist before your appointment so that you have a precise understanding of what you’ll be expected to pay.

Get Dental X-Rays at a Lower Cost

Kool Smiles partners with a national network of dentists and other oral care providers, both general and pediatric. Our partners will help you pinpoint any existing problems with your jaw or teeth through orthodontic consultations at no cost to you. That’s the first step to a comprehensive treatment plan.

Other government-administered plans such as Medicaid and insurance programs for dental care may cover the cost of common dental services, such as checkups, fillings, and X-rays. And our Kool Smile partners will help you find the best way to pay for your care, whether that’s through CHIP, CareCredit, major credit cards, or other forms of payment plans.

If you’re ready to make an appointment for dental X-rays, search for one of our partner’s dental practices near you.



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