Many patients get x-rays at least annually when they visit the dentist. This radiography is an important tool for your care. X-rays can help your dentist identify hidden signs of problems in the teeth and their roots.
Your dentist can use x-rays to get a view of areas of the teeth and mouth, such as the surfaces where the teeth meet, which are otherwise obscured.
Dentists once had to rely on old-fashioned machines to produce these valuable images, but that process was time-consuming and it exposed patients to radiation and office staff to potentially harmful substances used in developing the film.
With their increased safety and convenience, digital x-rays are an excellent choice.
Technological advances have improved on that method, with digital radiography offering a safer, easier option.
With digital x-rays, the image is captured electronically and then transmitted to and stored on a computer. This process eliminates the waiting period while the film develops, along with the chemicals that entails, and the x-rays can be viewed almost instantly on the computer screen.
The radiation levels associated with digital x-rays are much lower than those of conventional radiography, which helps to protect patients’ health.
As another benefit of digital x-rays, your dentist can manipulate the image, viewing it from different angles, zooming in on certain areas or blowing it up on the computer screen.
It’s also easier for your dentist to share digital x-rays with other specialists. They can be sent via a secure email system, rather than hand-delivered or mailed.
Digital radiography can be used for both intra-oral and extra-oral x-rays. Intra-oral x-rays, such as bite wings, concentrate on the teeth, while extra-oral x-rays, like panoramic, show the entire mouth and jaw structures in greater detail. The former category is useful for identifying cavities and other concerns with the teeth, while the latter may illustrate problems with the jaw structure or impacted teeth.
With their increased safety and convenience, digital x-rays are an excellent choice. To schedule your next dental exam, contact the office of Dr. Paul Lounsberry in North Austin today.