X-rays are a crucial part of effective dentistry and oral health care. While physical examinations can catch many dental health problems, X-rays offer a closer and in-depth look at the jaw and roots of the teeth, showing us what the naked eye cannot see. While X-rays have been a part of dentistry for a very long time, in more recent years many practices have switched from traditional X-rays to digital X-ray technology.
Digital radiography provides higher quality imaging. They can be taken inside and outside of your mouth and are a helpful diagnostic tool. Intraoral X-rays are used to analyze your teeth, look for cavities, and monitor your bone health. Extraoral ones are not as detailed, but help us look for impacted teeth and monitor your jaw growth. These are commonly used to look for any problems with the temporomandibular joint or facial bones.
Digital X-rays offer many benefits, especially when compared to traditional X-ray technology. They are more thorough and can more accurately spot areas of decay and infection between your teeth. They are also instant and can be viewed on a computer screen which helps patient-doctor understanding and communication as well as instant analysis. Digital X-rays are more eco-friendly and do not use as many hazardous materials as traditional X-ray does. Because the images are digital, they are easy to document and can be transferred from one doctor to another almost instantly.
Radiation is also a big concern when it comes to X-rays. While traditional X-rays do not expose the patient to much radiation, digital X-rays cut that number even lower. Overall, digital X-rays are safer, healthier, and more accurate for the patient as well as more beneficial and convenient for the doctor. Because of these many benefits, we are proud to utilize this technology at our office.