Safer X-Rays Digital X-Rays
While no one really likes to get x-rays, they are a very important preventative and diagnostic tool that provides your dentist with 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.
Your dentist will take x-rays of your mouth to assist with the initial diagnosis in the exam. We also offer panoramic x-rays also known as OPG’s (Orthopantomogram), which show a broad view of the jaws, teeth, sinuses, nasal area, and jaw joints, and reveal problems such as impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, cysts, solid growths (tumours), infections and fractures.
If you have any dental problems, it is always best to contact us for an exam and x-rays, so they can provide you with a treatment plan that is unique to you.
Offering superior resolution with less radiation exposure, digital radiography at your Melbourne dentist is an excellent way to help diagnose oral problems. Digital X-rays not only use 90% less radiation than traditional film X-rays but are also much less time-consuming.
Using a small radiographic camera that is only slightly larger than a pen, we capture images of each tooth. This technology eliminates the need for developing or chemical processing of the images. Instead, they appear instantly on a computer screen as each scan is complete.
For the last 15 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.
Dental X-rays help identify
- 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
Dental X-rays help us detect and treat dental problems at an early stage which can save you time, money and unnecessary discomfort.
The Evolution of Dental X-Rays
X-Rays are an essential part of providing dental care and treatment, however many patients are worried about their exposure to the radiation. Our commitment to patient safety is why our experienced cosmetic dentists use the most advanced digital X-Rays which ensure that there is only minimal exposure to radiation for our patients. Our Digital X-Rays reduce radiation exposure by 90 % when compared with traditional X-Rays (which also already have relatively low radiation).
In addition to minimal radiation exposure, our digital X-Rays are more precise, quicker at processing and provide clearer images, thus allowing our dental experts to provide the best possible care for your teeth.
Dental X-rays FAQ's
Digital dental x-rays are an integral part of our safe dental care treatment plan.
How Does an X-Ray Work?
X-rays are essentially a form of electromagnetic radiation. They have a high energy level that can pass through the majority of objects, including human tissue. When x-rays travel through the air and pass through your body, they create different shades of grey to produce an image on a special type of X-ray digital sensor.
There are different types of x-rays:
- Intra-oral: An x-ray taken inside the mouth
- Extra-oral: An x-ray taken outside the mouth (like a Cone Beam CT)
- 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional
We commonly use intraoral x-rays, as they give us the most detail of the teeth, bone and supporting tissues of the teeth.
When are Intra-oral X-rays used?
- Detect dental cavities: The earlier we find cavities, the more likely we can use preventive regenerative approaches. The later, the more likely you will have pain, need a Root Canal or lose the tooth and the larger the cavities the more difficult the restoration process will be.
- Check the health of the tooth roots: Avoid root canals and gum disease by finding bacteria early.
- Identify gum or periodontal disease: If periodontal disease progresses too far, it is almost impossible to treat, and your teeth will fall out.
- Check how teeth are developing: We monitor growth to ensure your children avoid orthodontic treatment later on in life. We also monitor your child’s facial growth and development so as to prevent poor growth occurring.
- Keep an eye on the effectiveness of our preventative purposes.
Cone Beam CT X-Ray
As a holistic dental practice, we believe that detecting problems as early as possible is essential to protecting your overall body health. It allows us to intervene early, which usually means we can address the issue with as little disturbance to your mouth and associated structures as possible. Our goal is to prevent infections in your teeth, and gums and save you from very expensive treatments.
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 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 a few years. Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken (check-up).
For extractions, particularly wisdom teeth an OPG (orthopentogram) is needed to examine the entire jaw. When considering orthodontics an OPG and a CEP (encephalogram) are also needed.
Why Choose Us for Digital X-Rays?
- We don’t just use our x-rays to diagnose, we use them to help prevent disease. We use x-rays to find the little issues that can snowball, and this saves you a lot of money and pain when we find the disease early
- We take your concerns into account, so if you hold any fears of x-rays, and x-ray doses, we’ll be happy to discuss these with you and offer relevant alternative diagnostic options
- We’ve invested in the best possible equipment. We think your health is worth it, and we have the best x-ray technology that can help us detect those small problems just that little bit earlier
The Right Choice
By implementing the use of digital dental x-rays in our office, we obtain the highest resolution digital images available. This allows our dentist to gain a more accurate analysis of the condition of your teeth as well as your periodontal and bone health. By taking a proactive approach to your dental care, we are able to prevent many common dental conditions that lead to root canal treatment, painful emergencies, and even tooth loss.
Call us to find out more about our x-ray technology or to book an appointment,
We use advanced proven technology to keep your smile looking the best! Modern dental technology like Digital X-Rays and CEREC® CAD/CAM single-visit crowns allow care that’s faster, less invasive and more efficient than ever before.
Better Care with Digital X-Rays
X-ray technology has long been used by doctors and dentists to see what couldn’t be seen with just the naked eye. That still holds true, although the tools have definitely improved since then. With digital radiography, we can capture more detailed images and immediately translate them to a monitor for you and your dentists to study together.
Inta-oral X-raysPeri-apical or Bite wings
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407 Blackpool Road , Preston , Lancashire , PR2 2DU
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