While no one really likes to get x-rays, they are a very important preventative and diagnostic tool that provide your dentist valuable information that is not visible during a regular dental examination. Dental x-rays are used by dentists and dental hygienists to safely and accurately find and provide treatment plans for hidden dental abnormalities that are easily seen on an x-ray. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected and undetected issues can lead to more invasive treatments down the line once the problem becomes exacerbated.
Safer X-Rays Digital X-Rays
For the last 10 years , we have been offering the patients a new type of x-ray, technology; the digital radiography, which offers benefits beyond traditional x-rays. This new technology provides patients with approximately 90% less radiation associated with traditional x-rays. It uses an electronic sensor (not x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image of the teeth on a computer. The image can be instantly viewed and enlarged thus helping to detect problems or issues quicker and easier.
Benefits of Digital X-Rays
- Exposes the patient to 90% less radiation received from traditional x-rays
- Grey-scale resolution of 300 colours compared to 12 shades on conventional film, allowing for a more detailed, accurate analysis
- Immediately transfers images to screen so that the dentist can review and explain the information to the patient
- Images can be enlarged and saved for future reference
- Offers the ability to compare your x-rays with one another digitally on our computer
- Less time spent developing x-rays means more time to take care of your dental needs
Why are Digital X-Rays Important?
- To locate areas of decay that can’t be detected with a visual examination
- To detect periodontal disease by investigating possible bone loss
- To aid in the preparation and placement of dental implants, orthodontics and other dental work
- To locate possible abnormalities such as cysts and oral cancer
For more information on this new technology or to schedule an appointment, contact your Preston dentist today!