Digital radiography (digital x-ray)
Digital radiography is the latest technology used to take dental x-rays. This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of film) that captures and stores digital images on a computer, which can be instantly viewed by doctors or technicians for easier detection at high resolutions up close as well in zoomed out formats too! 80%-90% less radiation than traditional techniques means less risk involved with this process so you’re guaranteed better quality results every time.
Dental x-rays provide a valuable source of information that is otherwise invisible. They allow dentists and hygienist to detect hidden dental abnormalities, which helps them create an accurate treatment plan for their patients’ needs with pinpoint accuracy!
Dental x-rays may reveal:
- Bone loss.
- Abscesses or cysts.
- Decay between the teeth.
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
- Poor tooth and root positions.
- Developmental abnormalities.
- Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
- Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
Are dental x-rays safe?
We’re all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. Digital x-rays produce a significantly lower level of ionizing radiation than traditional dental scans which are better for your health and safety, as well as making them faster or more comfortable depending on preference! No longer will you have an excuse when it comes time take this important step towards maintaining good oral hygiene because with just one click online there’s no need develop chemicals anymore either eliminated by technology at its finest.
The low level of radiation from digital x-rays make them a safe alternative to traditional film. To limit patient exposure, only take necessary pictures with lead aprons on and keep your distance when taking those images!
How Often Should Dental X-rays Be Taken?
Your dentist and hygienist will recommend the necessary x-rays based upon a dental exam, signs/symptoms of disease as well as your medical history. It can be difficult to determine when someone needs their teeth scanned for due solely because there is no set rule but most professionals recommend that you get full mouth series once every three years if not more frequently than this depending on risk factors such age or gender may influence how often one should have films taken.