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Digital X-Rays

Digital X-Rays: The Safest Technology For Your Dental Health

Background

Digital radiography, also known as digital x-ray, is at the forefront of technology. Instead of x-ray film, an electronic sensor is used to capture a digital image. This image can be stored on a computer, instantly viewed, and conveniently re-sized in order to more efficiently detect dental problems. Traditional dental x-rays have an already low radiation exposure; digital x-rays reduce that radiation by 80-90%.

Benefits of Early Detection from X-rays

X-rays are essential diagnostic tools used by your dentist to detect abnormalities, create a personalized treatment plan, and prevent further damage to your teeth. While a regular dental exam is helpful in assessing some of a client’s dental problems, only an x-ray can reveal hidden issues. Some abnormalities that are not visible during a regular exam include: poor tooth and root positions, benign or cancerous tumors, decay between teeth, bone loss, abscesses or cysts, abnormalities in development, and other problems inside a tooth or below the gum line. X-rays are crucial in early detection and treatment of harmful dental abnormalities.

When are Digital X-Rays recommended?

Each patient has a unique dental history. Necessary x-rays are recommended by your dentist after a thorough review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, and any symptoms, signs, or risk factors for disease. Regardless of individual history, a series of full mouth dental x-rays is suggested every five years. When you have a recall (check-up) visit, your dentist will take bite-wing X-rays, which show your top and bottom teeth biting together. These are recommended once yearly in order to detect any new dental problems.

Benefits of Digital over Traditional X-Rays

Radiation occurs naturally in our environment, and the level of radiation produced by traditional x-rays is considered to be very safe. Digital x-rays reduce the already low levels of radiation produced by traditional x-rays. They are more comfortable for the patient, less time-consuming for all, and are eco-friendly. There are no chemicals or waste to damage our environment! Regardless of the type of x-ray utilized, your dentist still takes all precautions to limit exposure to radiation. Lead apron shields are used to protect your body, and only necessary x-rays are taken.

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