Digital radiography is a state of the art technology used to take dental x-rays. An electronic sensor instantly captures and stores the desired image on our computer. This x-ray can be immediately viewed, enlarged, and enhanced; allowing the dentist to detect problems quickly and easily. More importantly, digital x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.
Dental x-rays are essential tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dr Collura will 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.
Dental x-rays may reveal:
Decay between the teeth.
Infections, abscesses or cysts.
Bone loss and periodontal disease.
Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
Poor tooth and root positions.
Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
Are 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 environment.
Even though digital x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered very safe, Dr. Collura’s staff will take all the 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 and thyroid collars to protect the body. Will also use collimator to direct the x-ray beam to only the desired area, and to prevent scatter radiation.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. The interval for receiving radiographs is now dependent on each patient’s caries risk assessment (performed by your dentist) as well as the task that the images will be used for. There must be a justification and a benefit for taking each image. Dr. Collura and your 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.
At our office, a full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for most new patients, above the age of 30. A full series may be taken again if we suspect pathologies or periodontal disease. Wee will never take a full mouth series more than 5 years apart unless there is uncontrolled disease present. Bite-wing x-rays are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are often recommended once year to detect new dental problems. We may take these less frequently based on positive dental history and good oral hygiene.