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What are the benefits of a dental radiograph examination?


Because many diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen when your dentist examines your mouth, an X-ray examination can help reveal:

  • small areas of decay between the teeth or below existing restorations (fillings)
  • infections in the bone
  • periodontal (gum) disease
  • abscesses or cysts
  • developmental abnormalities
  • some types of tumors

Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save time, money and unnecessary discomfort. Radiographs can help your dentist detect problems in your mouth that otherwise would not be seen.

Digital x-ray advantages:

  • Now instead of looking at a picture the size of your yearbook mug shot, (like the dentist in the picture) your dentist has an extreme close-up of your teeth. Cavities, advanced gum disease, and many other dental conditions become bigger than life and almost impossible to miss.
  • Because digital dental x-rays are computerized there are many tools available to improve the quality of x-ray images. The image can be made darker or lighter, contrast can be added, color enhanced to better interpret density, measurements taken, or zoomed in for an even closer look.
  • Radiation from dental x rays has never been a big concern. Even the old fashioned way is very safe. But digital x-ray has taken radiation exposure to an all time low, decreasing your exposure anywhere from sixty to ninety percent. That's impressive!
  • Digital x-rays are taken with a sensor versus the old way where film was required. Covering the sensor with disposable barriers provides infection control and adds cushioning to make the edges smoother and more comfortable. Clients don't miss the sharp cardboard corners of x-ray film. Shorter exposure time increases client comfort as well.
  • Digital creates less waste and requires no chemicals. Dental x ray film is wrapped in two layers of cardboard or plastic. A sheet of lead comes with every piece of film. All of this has to be recycled. Film Processors use chemicals that smell bad and eventually have to be disposed of.

Treatment is enhanced by digital dental x-rays:

  • Root Canals are not a favorite for anyone, but if they can be done faster and more accurately, all the better. Digital x-ray technology improves this unpopular procedure by providing instant feedback to the dentist. Most digital systems can be used to measure the length of each root. More work is done on a computer screen and less of it done in your mouth.
  • Dental Scaling, another dental procedure not high on the popularity chart, but ask any dental hygienist if they prefer to work from a tiny image or full computer screen?
  • Dental Surgery is yet another example of instant feedback being invaluable. Not having to wait for a dental x ray to be developed makes surgery go smoother and faster.