What Are the Benefits of Dental X-Rays?
Dental x-ray examinations are an important tool and provide valuable information that helps your dentist evaluate your oral health. Many diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen while doing an oral exam; an X-ray examination can reveal small areas of decay between the teeth or below existing restorations, infections in the bone, periodontal disease, abscesses and/or cysts. Finding these dental problems at an early stage can save time and money and could prevent any unnecessary discomfort.
With the use of Digital x-rays we are able to provide a better service to our patients. New technologies have allowed us to make your experience with dental x-rays more comfortable and convenient. That sharp little film has been replaced with a smooth electronic sensor that instantly puts the image onto a computer screen, allowing the dentist and the patient to see the x-ray immediately. X-Rays play an invaluable role in the diagnosis in dental problems, but many people are concerned about exposure to x-ray radiation. Digital X-rays are computer generated images that use a sensor that is highly sensitive and require up to 90% less radiation than traditional dental x-rays and are as accurate and can reveal things that film cannot. The digital image can magnified 300 times its normal size to enhance diagnosis and manipulated to correct contrast and color adjusted to reveal hidden problems. Digital technology also allows the patient to become more involved in their own dental health. It allows the Doctor to enhance and outline areas of concern for the patient to see what the doctor is prescribing and why. It is important to us that our patients understand the need for dental treatment and the ways in which we propose to improve their dental condition.
How often you need X-rays is decided by your dentist based on your needs. In most cases, new patients require a full set of x-rays to evaluate their oral health status, including any underlying signs of gum disease and for future comparison. Follow-up patients require x-rays to monitor their gum condition and their teeth for decay. In any case, Digital Dental X-Rays have made the entire process a lot more exciting and easier than the old days!