The lateInstead of using X-ray film, the latest technology used to take dental X-rays uses an electronic sensor to capture and store the digital images of your teeth on a computer. This new technology is known as digital radiography or more commonly as digital X-ray. Digital X-rays can instantly be viewed and enlarged, thereby assisting the dentist and dental hygienist to detect problems more easily. Traditional X-rays produce a low level of radiation exposure and digital X-rays reduce that already low exposure by 80-90%
Dental X-rays are great diagnostic tools that provide a more authentic information not visible during a regular dental exam as well as help your dental healthcare team take better proactive measures in preventative care. Dental practitioners use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan.
It is advisable to take measures in detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage in order to save time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and teeth!
Digital X-rays produce a significantly lower level of radiation compared to traditional dental x-rays. They are not only considered better for the health and safety of the patient but are faster and more comfortable to take. This technology is more efficient and effective. The digital image which is captured electronically does not need to be developed further which eliminates a process that would require disposal of harmful chemical waste into the environment.
Regardless of this low exposure to radiation, Dentists will still take the necessary precautions to further limit the patient’s exposure. They protect the body by shielding it with a lead apron and only take X-rays that are necessary.
Each patient’s individual dental health needs are considered by your dentist and dental hygienist before any recommendation is made for X-rays. Other considerations are the review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and the risk of disease.
A full mouth series of dental X-rays is recommended for patients new to the office. This set of X-rays is usually good for three to five years. Bite-wing X-rays are X-rays taken of the top and bottom teeth while biting together. These specific X-rays are taken at check-up visits and are recommended once or twice a year to identify any new dental problems or possible future concerns.