(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 and enlarged helping 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 that provide valuable
information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and
dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect
hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan.
Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.
x-rays may reveal:
Poor tooth and
a tooth or below the gum line.
treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money,
unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
dental x-rays safe?
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
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
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 recommend necessary x-rays based upon
the review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and
symptoms, your age, and risk of disease.
A full mouth
series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients. A full
series is usually good for three to five years. Bite-wing x-rays
(x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall
(check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new