Digital X-Rays

Digital radiography (digital x-ray) 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 dental hygienist detect problems easier.  Digital x-rays
reduce radiation 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 may save you
time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!

Are dental x-rays safe?

We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment.  Digital
x-rays produce a significantly lower level of radiation compared to
traditional dental x-rays.  Not only are digital x-rays better for the
health and safety of the patient, they are faster and more comfortable
to take, which reduces your time in the dental office.  Also, since
the digital image is captured electronically, there is no need to
develop the x-rays, thus eliminating the disposal of harmful waste and
chemicals into the environment.

Even though digital x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are
considered very safe, dentists still take necessary precautions to
limit the patient’s exposure to radiation.  These precautions include
only taking those x-rays that are necessary, and using lead apron
shields to protect the body.

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 upon the review of your medical and dental
history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and risk of
disease.

A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients.
A full series is usually good for three to five years.  Bite-wing
x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at
recall (check-up) visits and are typically recommended once a year to
detect new dental problems.

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