Our office has included digital x-rays. This technology will help our patients and the environment. We can now use computers to help take, store, and send dental x-rays without using film or chemicals.
An x-ray can show many problems with the teeth, tissues, and bone that I cannot see just by looking in your mouth. Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save time, money, and discomfort. It also helps prevent more serious health problems. An x-ray can show:
- Small areas of decay between the teeth or below fillings
- Bone destruction from a tooth infection (such as an abscess) or a cyst
- Bone loss due to periodontal (gum) disease
- Developmental defects and some types of tumors
- The effects of trauma
- The position of unerupted teeth in children and adults
When the digital x-ray is taken, it is sent to a computer and can be seen right away. Because the images are stored on a computer, the dental office can print or copy digital x-rays.
With digital x-rays, a small sensor is placed in your mouth to capture the tooth image. As always, steps are taken to limit your exposure to radiation from x-rays. Although digital x-rays involve less radiation than film x-rays, we still have patients wear shielding as the x-ray is taken.
Our office hopes this technology will give you the most advanced, efficient, and convenient dental care available. If you have questions, please contact our office. Again, thank you for choosing us as your dental provider!