What Are Digital X-Rays?
Digital x-rays are the latest technology, and are much safer compared to traditional x-rays. With digital x-rays there is no concern with radiation exposure, and the new technology has very low levels of radiation. Digital x-rays reduce a patient’s radiation exposure by 90 percent. Safety is our number one priority, and we always ensure the equipment we use is safe for our patients.
Digital x-rays use a sensor or scanner that is inserted into your mouth to take images of your teeth and jaw. Our sensors are used in conjunction with computer technology that provides images instantly. These images can be conveniently viewed in our exam rooms during your appointment.
Why Would a Digital X-Ray Be Needed?
During our dental exams we can only see the surface of your teeth and gums. Digital x-rays give our doctors the ability to view the roots and hidden areas of your teeth and gums. They help us to ensure your teeth are healthy, and free from infection or decay. Digital x-rays can identify issues inside your teeth quickly, and alert us for any signs of infection. This gives our team the ability to treat you promptly and avoid complications. In addition to decay, digital x-rays help us watch teeth that have not yet erupted, or monitor growth in the jaw.
How Do Digital X-rays Work?
When you visit our office for your dental exam our staff will insert a sensor or digital scanner into your mouth. This process will take images of your teeth and mouth, and will send the pictures instantly to our computer software. Digital images can be viewed immediately in the exam room. Depending on what type of x-ray is required will determine if we use a scanner or sensor to take the image. Patients can review the images alongside our doctor, and if treatment is required, we will create a customized treatment plan that works for you.
What Are the Types of Digital X-Rays Available?
Digital x-rays take images of the inside and outside of your mouth. Depending on the location of the x-ray needed, will determine what type of image is taken.
- Bite Wing X-Rays
Bite wing x-rays require you to bite down on a sensor. This type of x-ray is common and can detect decay between your teeth. Bite wing x-rays are also used to evaluate the condition of the jaw bone, and to check existing restorations.
- Periapical X-Rays
Periapical x-rays take an image of the entire tooth from top to bottom including the root structure. This type of x-ray can help detect an infection or abscess in or around a tooth, and can detect bone loss in the jaw.
- Panoramic X-Rays
Panoramic x-rays are taken using a machine that rotates around your head. This technology provides an image of your entire mouth. We use this type of x-ray to monitor wisdom teeth, or to plan for procedures such as implants.
How Often Are Digital X-Rays Needed?
The frequency of digital x-rays is determined by each patient’s dental needs. Our team will only take a digital image if absolutely necessary, and with patient consent. During your visit we review your medical history, dental history, and any symptoms or signs that indicate an x-ray is required. Our team uses x-rays to monitor growth, detect any new areas of decay, or to evaluate gum disease.
Interested in Finding Out More About the Benefits of Digital X-Rays?
If you are interested in finding out more about digital x-rays and how they may benefit you, contact Harmony Family Dentistry to schedule your appointment.