Dental X-rays play an important role in evaluating a patient’s dental health. Like other medical specialties, diagnostic imaging allows doctors to see beyond what is only visible to the eye. To help increase patient safety and convenience, our dentist offers digital X-rays.
The Role of X-rays in Dentistry
Our dentist takes X-rays during dental examinations such as bitewing X-rays that show the position of teeth, their roots, and how the upper and lower sets of teeth line up when the mouth is closed. For most patients, X-rays that are more comprehensive are taken every two years. These X-rays capture images of the jawbones, neck, and craniofacial region in more detail than bitewing X-rays.
Benefits of Digital X-rays
Digital radiography offers convenience by producing digital images and additional safety with reduced exposure to radiation waves. Using a digital sensor to capture images, digital X-rays to not require radiographic film to produce images. Instead, captured images are displayed on high-definition monitors. This allows our dentist to view your X-rays in detail while also being able to zoom in and out on all images. Our dentist often displays your X-rays on monitors to explain the state of your oral health and the types of treatments necessary to improve your wellbeing. Digital X-rays are a great tool for patient education.
An additional benefit to this technology is reduced exposure to radiation for patients. While radiation exposure with traditional radiography is minimal, digital X-rays emit up to 90% less radiation. This allows our team to reassure our patients that we value their health and safety.
Digital X-rays are also environmentally friendly because radiographic film to develop images is no longer required. Furthermore, X-rays can be easily sent to other dental professionals and doctors, if necessary. This technology improves record keeping as well because all records are stored digitally for easy access later.
To learn more about our advanced technology or to schedule an appointment with our dentist, contact our friendly team at 281-256-6866 today.