The benefits of digital x-rays
Digital x-rays in dentistry have been an important tool from its inception. X-ray images, also known as radiographs, give dentists insight on your oral health that is not seen to the naked eye. With the use of state-of-the-art digital x-ray equipment, we are able to capture and detect early gum disease, tooth decay and other ailments.
With digital x-ray technology, a small electronic sensor is used in your mouth to capture an image and instantly deliver it to a computer screen. The entire digital x-ray process is only asked of you when our dentists need to obtain better diagnostics to solve oral health issues. Each case is reviewed on an individual basis, keeping your safety as a top priority. If a digital x-ray is asked of you, we are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Benefits of using digital x-rays include:
- No chemical processing or waiting.
- Digital x-rays emit approximately 80% less radiation than typical x-ray machines.
- Clearer digital x-ray images result in a more accurate diagnosis.
- Instant imaging allows us to make treatment recommendations right away.
- Using digital x-rays allow for easier sharing and storage options.
How often do I need a digital x-ray?
Some of our patients require digital x-rays every 6 months; whereas those with excellent oral hygiene and low cavity risks only require x-rays every year or so – the frequency of x-rays will be individualized for you at your visit. Other reasons for having x-rays taken include checking the jaw for signs of cancer or other abnormalities, to assist with treatment diagnosis, or as a requirement for certain procedures, such as root canal treatment.
Digital x-rays are an important part of your regular dental exam. If you have any questions about our x-ray process, we’re only a phone call away – 403-327-7202.