Minimum Exposure Digital X-rays
WHAT ARE DENTAL X-RAYS?
A dental x-ray is an image that enables us to see underneath the surface of teeth and gums. These images can help us to see decay, infections, impacted teeth, bone loss and many other oral-related problems. Dental x-rays use a very minimal amount of radiation, so they are safe for patients of all ages. Our goal is to provide you with a comfortable and safe experience when having x-rays taken.
WHY WOULD YOU NEED DENTAL X-RAYS?
In many cases, a visual examination just isn't enough. X-rays allow your doctor to see beyond the surface. Many dental conditions cannot be properly diagnosed without the use of x-rays, for example, underlying tooth decay, signs of infection, bone loss, impacted wisdom teeth, and other abnormalities such as cysts and tumors. For children, x-rays allow us to monitor development and growth of permanent teeth.
WHAT MAKES SOMEONE A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL X-RAYS?
Most of our patients are candidates to have dental x-rays taken. Because we use such a small amount of radiation, the process is deemed safe and necessary for those coming into our office.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE DENTAL X-RAY PROCESS?
Our friendly team member will drape a lead apron over your midsection. We then place a tiny, comfortable device inside of the mouth and behind several of your teeth. Our x-ray machine is then aimed at this device and the image is taken. We repeat this process for all other necessary x-rays. Your doctor will then review your x-rays to help in creating a unique treatment plan.
We recommend bitewing x-rays be taken once a year and a full set of x-rays or a panoramic x-ray be taken every 3-5 years. Additional x-rays are often necessary, to aid in diagnosis, when a patient comes in with a specific problem.
If you would like to learn more about x-rays, call us today and we will be happy to further assist you.