The most recent dental X-ray technology is digital X-rays. The system uses electronic sensors (rather than x-ray film) that capture digital images and store them in a computer. This image can be viewed and enhanced immediately, helping the dentist and orthodontist identify problems earlier. Compared to the already low levels of traditional dental light, digital x-rays reduce radiation intensity by 80-90%.
Dental x-rays are important, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information that cannot be seen during routine dental examinations. Dentists and dentists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and develop successful treatment plans. Without x-rays, problem areas can go undetected.
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.
Are dental X-rays safe?
We are all exposed to natural gas in the environment. Compared to traditional dental x-rays, digital x-rays produce much less radiation. Digital x-rays are not only better for patients’ health and safety, but they are faster, more comfortable, and reduce your time at the dental office and because the digital image is captured electronically, you don’t have to have an x- ray, . Therefore, harmful wastes and chemicals are not released into the environment.
Even though digital X-rays produce lower levels of radiation and are considered much safer, dentists take necessary precautions to minimize a patient’s radiation exposure These precautions include taking these x- only the rays have used bronze apron shields for body protection.
How often should dental X-rays be taken?
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Your dentist and dental hygienist will review your medical and dental history, dental examinations, signs and symptoms, and recommend necessary X-rays based on your age and risk of disease so indicated.
Serial panorex or full-face cross-sectional images are recommended for new patients. These are generally good for three to five years. Bite-side X-rays (a combination of X-rays of the upper and lower teeth) are performed at recall (do not check) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.