SEVEN HILLS DENTAL
Family, Orthodontic & Implant Dentistry
Digital radiography has transformed the way we take dental X-rays. Gone are the days where film is used, and in its place comes this new electronic sensor that can capture an image on your computer screen instantaneously with no exposure whatsoever! This provides doctors greater clarity when it comes to detecting problems because they're able see issues more easily than ever before. Even better? Digital scans also reduce radiation by 80% or even 90%.
Dental X-rays are an essential, preventative and diagnostic tool that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists use this information to safely detect hidden dental abnormalities as well as complete accurate treatment plans without any problems going undetected.
Dental X-rays may reveal:
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
Are dental X-rays safe?
Digital x-rays produce a significantly lower level of radiation compared to traditional dental films. Not only are they better for your health and safety, but the process is faster so you can get out of there quicker! Plus since these images are captured electronically without developing them in an oil film on top which would otherwise have been disposed chemicals into our environment.
Dentists still take all necessary precautions to limit patient exposure to radiation, even though digital X-rays produce low levels of both heat and light. They do so by only taking those x-rays that are required for diagnosis; using lead aprons on patients while exposing them in order protect against any possible harmful rays from other types like gamma or neutron radiation.
How often should dental X-rays be taken?
Dental X-rays are an essential part of your dentist’s examination, and the need will depend on each patient's individual health needs. Your dental hygienist can help determine if they're necessary for you based upon what's discussed during their visit with you as well as signs or symptoms that may arise in future visits; age is also considered since it has been said before among other things like risk factors.
A full mouth series of dental X-rays is recommended for new patients. A complete set usually lasts three to five years, but bite wing (top and bottom teeth biting together) X-ray shots are taken at recall checkups in order catch any problems before they worsen.