Digital radiography is the latest and greatest x-ray technology that uses the minimal amount of radiation possible to identify and diagnose dental problems faster and more accurately than ever before. Digital x-rays are an ideal diagnostic tool in detecting potential oral health problems for every member of the family. Digital x-rays have many advantages to our team and to you. Digital x-rays can be viewed instantly, so that our team can detect, diagnose, and plan treatment for your smile almost immediately. Digital x-rays provide high quality images that can be used to accurately and efficiently care for your smile.
Our experienced dentist typically recommends having new digital x-rays taken at every six month appointment so that we can ensure your oral health. Individual needs may vary depending upon your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and risk of disease.
Digital radiography allows us to detect and diagnose dental problems such as:
• Interproximal decay (tooth decay between teeth)
• Infection in the tooth nerve
• Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line
• Developmental abnormalities
• Fractures in existing dental fillings
• Bone loss
• Cysts or abscesses
• Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
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 recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.
In some cases digital x-rays are also used to plan out certain dental treatments including, but not limited to, root canal therapy, dental implants, and TMJ treatment.
Yes, digital x-rays are safe. Naturally we are exposed to more radiation from the 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 health and safety of our patients, but they are also faster and more comfortable to take, which reduces your time in the dental office.