Digital X-rays For Less Radiation
Digital X-rays use an electronic sensor rather than X-ray film and capture digital images. They’re then sent to a computer so they can be instantly viewed and our staff can look for any issues. Digital x-rays reduce radiation by up to 90%.
X-rays are essential in helping the dentist see problems that are not apparent during a regular dental exam. They help catch problems early on which can save you pain, money, and time in the long run. Without X-rays, many potentially serious things could go undetected for a long time.
What X-Rays Can Show:
- Abscesses or cysts.
- Bone loss.
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
- Decay between the teeth.
- Developmental abnormalities.
- Poor tooth and root positions.
- Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
Are dental x-rays safe?
With the technology of digital X-rays, up to 90% less radiation is emitted in comparison to traditional x-rays. On top of that, the machine is quicker which means you will have less exposure to the radiation. Since the images are digital and do not have to be developed, less waste is created.
Although digital x-rays only emit a tiny amount of radiation, our clinical staff still take precautions such as:
- Only doing x-rays when necessary.
- Having the patient wear a protective vest.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
This depends on each patient’s specific needs. It is normal for all new patients to get their whole mouth x-rayed. This initial x-ray is usually good for three to five years. Dentists may do bite-wing x-rays (teeth biting together) at normal check-up visits.