James C. Calcagno, DDS

General & Cosmetic Dentistry

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x-rayMany patients are unsure about the actual risks and benefits of dental x-rays. As a practicing dentist for the past 25 years, I have encountered many patients with these concerns. I take them seriously and support their desire to have the least amount of radiation exposure as possible BUT there are benefits to having routine x-rays for most people that out weigh the risks.

Through the careful use of x-rays we are able to detect and measure dental decay, bone irregularities, root pathologies, periodontal disease, the eruption of teeth, and countless other issues. Early detection of hidden problems allow dental professionals to intervene and correct problems before they become more serious, and this in turn has helped people keep their teeth healthy and strong for a lifetime. Routine dental X-Rays should be taken based on age, risk of disease, and presence or symptoms of disease. Usually dental professionals recommend check up X-Rays every 1-2 years and full mouth X-Rays every 3-5 years.

As dental professionals, we often hear concerns involving the amount of radiation dental X-Rays give off. To put it simply, the amount of radiation received by dental X-rays is far less than for an example chest X-Rays. An example of radiation equivalency and dental X-rays would be gardening outside for a couple of hours, or taking a transcontinental airline flight. Dental professionals use lead aprons, thyroid collars, and types of films or sensors that greatly reduce the amount of radiation that a patient is exposed to. For more information concerning the risks vs benefits and radiation please click here.

Client Testimonials

Dr Calcagno has been my dentists for over 20 years. He and his entire staff will always spend time to have everything explained to you and what all the possible options are. They will treat you like family, need I say more!5stars
I always have a great experience at Dr. Calcagno's office. Dr. Calcagno and his Staff are always very caring and positive. It is a wonderful environment and always love to go back to his office. They have taken care of all my dental needs and go above and beyond for their clients. 5stars
Always satisfied with the expert service from Dr. Calcagno and his very qualified staff.5stars


As always!!!...the best care a patient can receive. Dr. Calcagno, you and your staff have my healthcare at the top of your mission. Thank you for a wonderful visit and keeping my smile, smiling!!! Enjoy your work days and keep those smiles coming.5stars
I love this dental office! The whole office is so professional yet super friendly. The office staff sets the tone by knowing exactly who you are when you walk in the door. The hygienist does the best job ever, and the doctor is super friendly at the same time explaining the best course of action to correct any problems without feeling any pressure. I highly recommend this dental office!5stars


As always, a very pleasant, relaxing visit..this team is the best! And Dr.Calcagno their suburb leader!5stars
My dental hygenist does an excellent job of cleaning my teeth in a thorough and efficient manner. The dentist exam is also thorough and I appreciate that he keeps me informed about areas of concern and what his plan of action is.5stars
The dental asst always makes me feel so comfortable so my anticipation is never stressful. I thought i was going to need a crown or at the least a new filling but he was able to repair the tooth... Thank you Dr. Calcagno and staff.5stars


The entire staff is excellent in delivering the highest quality dental care under the guidance of Dr. Calcagno. I drive from San Jose to see the Calcagno team. They are, far and away, the very best.5stars
Camille is very professional and excellent at what she does. She always makes me feel comfortable. Recently, someone tried to recruit my husband and I to their dental practice. I told my husband; "no Camille, no deal!" My experience with Dr. Calcagno and his staff has made the experience of "going to the dentist," pleasurable. Thank you.5stars


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