X-rays are an integral part of preventative dental care. X-rays allow us to see what the naked eye cannot and helps us to identify deep-rooted problems in your teeth, gums, and jaw. Traditional X-ray technology is inconvenient and uncomfortable. To make your X-rays as efficient as possible, our practice utilizes digital X-rays.
What are the benefits of digital X-rays?
Digital X-rays have changed the game when it comes to oral health technology. The images are instant and can be projected onto a screen right after they are taken. This means that they can be analyzed during your appointment and can be used as an educational tool during your exam. Digital X-rays also limit your exposure to radiation. The images taken with this technology can be stored and documented, allowing us to better track your care and look for any changes in your condition over time. Additionally, these images can be manipulated digitally to better view different parts of the mouth.
What can digital X-rays do?
Panoramic and digital x-rays simplify the former process, allowing you to rest in comfort while the machine rotates around you, documenting the many intricacies of your sinuses, jaw, and bone structure. Through ionizing radiation, panoramic radiography captures a patient’s entire mouth within a single, two-dimensional image. This is especially important when preparing for dentures, braces, or implants, as these X-rays will show the details of both the bones and the teeth.
What can digital X-rays find?
We use X-rays to look for any irregularities in your oral cavity. Specifically, X-rays can help us look for cavities and bone loss from periodontal disease, cysts, tumors, oral cancer, decay, impacted teeth, jaw disorders, and sinusitis. By catching these issues in their early stages, your chance of a safe and full recovery is greatly increased.
When will I need digital X-rays?
We utilize digital X-ray technology during your dental exams and check-ups. If you have a long-term or serious oral health care problem, we may request that you come in more regularly so that we can monitor your condition with the use of digital X-rays. We recommend a new set of X-rays be taken once a year.
Digital X-ray technology has greatly increased the efficiency, safety, and convenience of dental X-rays and allows us to provide you the best possible oral health care. If you want to learn more about this technology, please give us a call today at (614) 882-6741.