Digital radiography, otherwise known as a digital x-ray, is now the most comprehensive way to take dental x-rays and is the way we do so at our office. The procedure includes an electronic sensor and immediately captures and stores all of the digital images straight to one of our computers in our office for very quick verification. Because we can view the images immediately the dentists can detect all types of problems much easier, which makes the x-ray portion of our procedures not only very advanced and modern, but much more efficient as well. Also, we know that radiation is a big concern for people when they get x-rays, but our digital x-rays reduce the amount of radiation 80-90% to that of traditional dental x-rays, so it is a lot healthier.
These dental x-rays make everything much easier for out team when it comes to preventing some problem areas that would otherwise go undetected. These x-rays also provide really valuable information for our team to view that they couldn’t normally get through a normal dental examination, which makes detecting hidden abnormalities a lot easier.
Dental x-rays can reveal:
- Bone loss
- Cancerous (and non-cancerous) tumors
- Decay between teeth
- Abscesses or cysts
- Poor root positions
- Developmental abnormalities
- Problems inside teeth and below the gum line
By detecting these types of dental problems through an x-ray you can end up saving a bunch of time and money before your dental issues get way out of hand!
Are dental x-rays safe?
Radiation is everywhere no matter what, and we know it is the main concern for most of our patients when it comes to taking dental x-rays, but our digital x-rays produce a drastically less amount of radiation than traditional dental x-rays so they are much healthier and safer. Digital dental x-rays are also a lot faster and allow you to spend less time in the dentist’s office and of course since the images are captured digitally you don’t have to wait for the film to develop either.
Although digital x-rays only produce a very low level of radiation and are generally considered to be safe for patients we still take all of the necessary precautions with all of our patients during the x-ray procedures by using a unique and special type of lead apron that does a really great job at shielding and protecting the body of our patients.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
The frequency of how often a patient should receive a dental x-ray really does depend on the patient’s individual health situation and needs, so it varies amongst all patients and is determinant upon many factors like your dental history, risk of dental disease, age and signs and symptoms.
A full mouth series of dental x-rays is something that we do for all of our new patients on their first visit, and these results are typically good for about three to five years, and sometimes even a lot longer. Bite-wing x-rays are where you bite down your teeth together on a mouth guard and receive images of the top as well as the bottom teeth in a very intricate way. This is something that is recommended to get at all of your check-up visits that should occur once or twice a year. We provide the best dental x-rays in Orange CA. Call us today to make an appointment.