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) to capture and store the digital image on a computer. This image can instantly be viewed and enlarged, helping the dentists and dental hygienists detect problems easier. Digital x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.
Dental X-Rays May Reveal
- ✱ Abnormal abscesses or cysts.
- ✱ Prevention of bone loss.
- ✱ Benign or malignant tumors.
- ✱ Developmental complications.
- ✱ Misaligned tooth or root structures.
- ✱ Dental issues within the teeth.
- ✱ Dental problems underneath the gum line.
- ✱ Preventative care for early detection.
Are Dental X-Rays Safe?
There is natural radiation that surrounds us and the environment we live in every day. Digital X-rays produce a relatively lower level of radiation and are better for your health and safety. With the new advanced technology, they are more comfortable, easier, and faster to take to lessen your time in the dental office. Because the images are digitally captured, it eliminates the time of the X-rays needing to be developed. Although it is considered safe, we will still take any necessary precautions to ensure your safety and limit radiation exposure.
How Often Should Dental X-Rays Be Taken?
X-rays should be taken based on each patient’s individual dental needs. For example, if you are a patient without cavities, we would recommend you to have less X-rays than someone who has a history of having many cavities. Unlike most dental clinics, we do not take X-rays based on insurance intervals to earn more money. We take X-rays when necessary to help us diagnose and better treat our patients.