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Digital radiography (digital x-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental x-rays. This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. This image can be instantly viewed for patient convenience and allow the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems easier. Digital x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.
Dental x-rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools to that provide valuable information during your dental check up. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect cavities, dental abnormalities such as tumors, growths, development and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, Crestview Dental Care can not provide the care you deserve.
Dental X-rays may Reveal:
• Abscesses or cysts
• Bone loss
• Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
• Decay between the teeth
• Developmental abnormalities
• Poor tooth and root positions
• Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. Digital x-rays produce a significantly lower level of radiation compared to traditional dental x-rays. Not only are digital x-rays better for the health and safety of the patient, they are faster and more comfortable to take, which reduces your time in the dental office. Also, since the digital image is captured electronically, there is no need to develop the x-rays, thus eliminating the disposal of harmful waste and chemicals into the environment.
Even though digital x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered very safe, dentists still take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation. These precautions include only taking those x-rays that are necessary, and using lead apron shields to protect the body.
How often Should Dental X-rays be Taken?
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health risk factors and current needs. Dr. Tommy Spears or Dr. Jake Goza will prescribe necessary x-rays based upon the review of your medical and dental history, signs and symptoms, your age and risk of disease prior to your dental examination.
A full mouth of dental x-rays is recommended to establish care as well as every three years to update your over oral condition. Bite-wing x-rays (cavity detecting x-rays) are taken at your routine check-up visits and are taken once or twice a year to detect cavities.
A head and neck x-ray is taken every three years to check joint condition, facial growth and development, look for tumors, growths and abnormalities as well as infection and bone levels. This is a critical x-ray for your overall well being.
Did you know that other than having a problem that your medical doctor ordered a head and neck x-ray the dentists are responsible for these types of examinations and head and neck checks. Why would you ever want to resist the dentist from giving you a complete check-up or let dental insurance companies dictate what type of care you should have?