We offer one of the latest technological advances in dentistry with digital radiography, also known as digital X-rays. A wireless sensor is placed in the mouth, and a computer generates an image in 30 seconds as opposed to the general 4-6 minute wait time for images taken on dental film. These images can also be enhanced on the computer and enlarged.
Digital X-rays are great preventive tools in dental health. Since your dentist and hygienist cannot see every problem with the naked eye, the digital images allow us to see things we couldn't otherwise see. We can obtain crisp, clear images of your mouth which allow for more effective treatment planning to prevent future problems and the detection of current ones.
What Dental X-rays Can Detect
Dental X-rays provide us with invaluable information about your oral and dental health, including the presence of:
- Cysts or abscesses
- Bone deterioration
- Cancerous or non-cancerous tumors
- Tooth decay between the teeth
- Dental developmental irregularities
- Incorrect tooth and tooth root positions
- Problems inside the tooth (called the 'pulp')
- Problems below the gumline
Safety of Digital Dental X-rays
While radiographic equipment does produce radiation, modern advances in technology are continually reducing the amount of radiation that is produced. In fact, studies have shown that the amount of radiation produced by these machines is not significantly higher than other "normal" sources of radiation that we are exposed to on perhaps a daily basis, such as televisions and airplanes. Our digital radiographs reduce a patient's radiation exposure by 90%!
We use a lead apron with a thyroid collar for all patients.
Since digital X-rays are electronically captured, we do not have to develop the images using harsh chemicals. We do not have to dispose of harmful waste, so digital X-rays are also friendly to the environment.
Frequency of Dental Images
We will take digital dental images depending on your dental health needs. When you join our practice as a new patient, we will take a full set of digital images, which will likely last 3-5 years. We will take bite-wing X-rays (top and bottom teeth biting together) at check-up appointments, about once or twice a year, depending on your individual decay risk.
We feel our modern practice and cutting-edge techniques ensure you are receiving the quality care you deserve!