What Are X-Rays?
X-rays are an important tool that provides the dentist the ability to examine the roots, jaws, and facial bones of the patient. X-rays aid the dentist in determining the degree of decay, periodontal disease, abscesses or any pathology, i.e. cysts or tumors, that may not show clinically through a visual examination alone. X-rays are taken based on the individual dentist's assessment of the patient. Most new patients have a full set of x-rays taken and check-up x-rays are taken as needed.
Types Of X-rays
- Bitewing - determine the presence of decay in between teeth.
- Periapical - shows root structures, cysts, bone level or other pathology
Panoramic - a broad view of entire structure of mouth on one film. It is used to determine if pathology is present, position of wisdom teeth, etc. It is not used to diagnose cavities.
By using new, state-of-the-art technology, and by using new fast film, radiation exposure has been greatly decreased.
We Have Gone Digital With Our X Rays
To improve your care we've invested in a new way of looking into your mouth—a procedure that's fast, and incredibly precise – digital x-rays. What's even more amazing is that we get an image immediately that is large, clear, and accurate, right next to your chair…ready for discussion. Digital x-ray technology speeds and simplifies the diagnostic part of your treatment, and most importantly allows us to provide a much higher level of care.
Reduced Radiation, Radical Results
Digital x-rays use 50-90% less radiation than old-fashioned x-rays. Additional benefits include the elimination of old fashioned dark room chemicals, which is better for the environment. The highly detailed image of your teeth on our computer screen, can be rotated, magnified, adjusted for contrast, and even color-coded for educational purposes. Further, we can store it on our computer files, thus saving paper. For insurance purposes, referrals or patient education, it can be accurately reproduced any number of times. In summary, digital x-rays are faster, cleaner, and allow us to provide better quality care.