New advancements are continually being made in order to better serve the patient’s needs. These advancements allow us to make more accurate diagnoses and in turn helps us to develop more comprehensive treatment plans for our patients in a non-invasive matter. It also improves the predictability of the treatment procedures themselves.
Digital radiography utilizes electronic sensors which allow images taken to be viewed and enlarged instantly on a computer. This allows your dental provider to detect problems more easily. The radiation is reduced by 80-90% compared to traditional x-ray films.
Dental x-rays provide valuable information in order to diagnose and monitor the health of the teeth and surrounding tissues. This information is not visible during a regular dental exam. They often reveal the following information:
- Abscesses or cysts.
- Bone loss.
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumours.
- Decay between the teeth.
- Developmental abnormalities.
- Poor tooth and root positions.
- Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
Are dental x-rays safe?
Digital x-rays are better for the safety and health of patients as a result of needing less radiation compared to traditional x-ray films. They also eliminate the need to develop the x-rays thus eliminating the disposal of harmful chemicals into the environment. X-rays are considered very safe and are taken with necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure. This means that a lead apron is utilized and taking x-rays when necessary.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Your dental provider will recommend x-rays as necessary based upon the review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and risk of disease.
Digital photographs are pictures taken with a digital camera or intra-oral camera. The images can be uploaded into a computer screen so that your dentist can better communicate your dental needs using visual tools.
Digital images are often used to show:
- Areas of decay or fractures
- The bite
- Full mouth overviews
- Before and after