The digital xray uses an electronic sensor (not x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image of the teeth on a computer. The image can be instantly viewed and enlarged thus helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems or issues quicker and easier. Digital x-rays also reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.
It is important to have dental x-rays done as they are used in preventative care and as a diagnostic tool that provides valuable information that is not visible during a regular oral dental exam. Carlin Dental associates 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 and an undetected problem will normally get worse.
Digital Dental x-rays can reveal:
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth.
While no one really likes to get x-rays, they are a very important preventative and diagnostic tool that provide your dentist valuable information that is not visible during a regular oral dental exam. Dental x-rays are used by dentists and dental hygienists to safely and accurately find and provide treatment plans for hidden dental abnormalities that are easily seen on an x-ray. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected and undetected issues can lead to more invasive treatments down the line once the problem becomes exacerbated.
Are dental x-rays safe?
The short answer is yes, especially the digital x-rays that cut the exposure down by 80 – 90%. However, we are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. The amount of radiation exposure from a regular full mouth series of dental x-rays is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources.
Dental x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe. Dentists take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays. These precautions include using lead apron shields to protect the body and using modern, fast film that cuts down the exposure time of each x-ray.
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 on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for 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 recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.
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