Digital X-rays, also known as digital radiography, are an important part of your overall dental care. Digital is the latest and most efficient form of X-rays to date for dental offices, making the exposure to radiation much lower and the ability to view the results clearer and easier. We see the X-rays on a computer screen, where we can enlarge the images to zone in on even the smallest sections.
While our dental exams are thorough to begin with, the aid of X-rays takes the exam to another level of accuracy. We can prevent problems that are only just starting to fester and diagnose earlier to avoid major issues that may otherwise arise. Detection is the key to keeping your smile in great shape.
What can X-rays detect?
-Cysts and abscesses
-Tumors (cancerous and non-cancerous)
-Problematic tooth and root positions
-Issues beneath the gum line
–Issues inside a tooth
Are X-rays safe?
Compared to traditional X-rays, digital X-rays reduce radiation by 80-90%. This means less exposure to the patient. Plus, they are faster to take. Although the levels are safe for humans, we provide apron shields to protect your organs, and we’re conservative as to when and how often we take X-rays. Digital X-rays also help protect the environment because they are electronic images – no chemical development needed.
Will you take X-rays during all my appointments?
All new patients will get a full series of digital X-rays. We’ll repeat every 3-5 years. In-between, during check-ups, we’ll take bite-wing X-rays (top and bottom, teeth biting down together) 1-2 times per year. Otherwise, depending on your condition and concerns, Dr. Bowen will recommend X-rays upon examination.