Digital radiography (digital x-rays) is the latest technology used to take dental x-rays. This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. this image can be instantly viewed and enlarged helping the dentist and hygienist detect problems easier. Digital x-rays reduce radiation by 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.
Dental x-rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.
DENTAL X-RAYS MAY REVEAL:
- Abscesses or cysts.
- Bone loss.
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
- Decay between the teeth.
- Developmental abnormalities.
- Poor tooth and root positions.
- Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
ARE DENTAL X-RAYS SAFE?
We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series of x-rays is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources. Dentists take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays. These precautions include using protective apron to shield the body and using modern, digital sensors that cuts the exposure time of each x-ray down.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD DENTAL X-RAYS BE TAKEN?
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age considerations, and risk for disease.
A full mouth series of x-rays good for three to five years is recommended for new patients. Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth together) are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once a year to detect new dental problems.
Regular teeth cleanings with x-rays help us detect cavities in their earliest stages and allow us to provide conservative less costly solutions!