Digital radiography, or digital x-ray, is the current technology used to take oral x-rays. An electronic sensor is used instead of film. The sensor captures and stores the image on a computer, which can be enlarged and viewed instantly. Digital x-rays reduce radiation by 80 to 90 percent.
Oral x-rays are essential diagnostic tools that provide important information that can’t be detected during a regular dental exam. Without x-rays a problem could go undetected.
X-rays may reveal:
- Abscesses or cysts
- Bone loss
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
- Dental decay between the teeth
- Abnormal developmental conditions
- Poor root and tooth positions
- Problems below the gum line or inside a tooth
Revealing a dental problem in its early stage will allow us to treat it before it becomes a bigger problem, thus saving you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
Are oral x-rays safe?
Radiation occurs naturally in our environment to which we are all exposed. The low level of radiation that is produced by digital x-rays is considered to be safe. Dr Yash still takes precautions to limit the patient’s exposure by using a lead apron shield to protect the body and by taking only those x-rays that are necessary.
The digital x-rays taken today produce a much lower level of radiation than the traditional x-rays previously used. Digital x-rays are not just safer, they are faster and more comfortable to take, reducing your time in the dentist’s office. And since the procedure is electronic, it eliminates the need for storage and disposal of harmful chemicals and waste into the environment.
How often should oral x-rays be taken?
A full mouth series of x-rays is recommended for all new patients; this full series is usually good for three to five years. Bite wing x-rays are images of top and bottom teeth biting together. They are usually taken once a year during a check up appointment in order to detect any new problems. In some cases his schedule may be changed once your medical and dental history, symptoms, and risk of disease is evaluated.
If you have any questions or concerns about digital x-rays, please call or contact our office.