Low-Radiation Digital X-Rays
At our office, we take your health seriously. Not just your oral health, but the health of your entire body. This is why we offer lower-radiation digital x-rays in place of traditional dental x-rays. X-rays are an important part of your dental care, and the digital x-ray option allows us to gather the necessary information to provide you with excellent dental care without exposing you or our team to the radiation created by traditional x-rays. Digital x-rays are also an environmentally friendly choice because they don't require chemicals or film to develop or view them.
Dr. Maher also supplements x-rays with intra-oral images and digital photographs, which impose no risk to the patient. Intra-oral images (taken with a tiny camera inserted into your mouth) and photos allow the patient and doctor to review oral conditions together to make important dental care decisions and provide color detail to the exterior of the tooth surface, which the digital x-ray does not capture.
Why are Dental X-rays Needed?
Dental x-rays provide us with a great deal of information that is crucial to providing you with the best possible dental care. While most healthy adults will only require x-rays every one to two years, some people require x-rays more frequently. These groups include:
- Children - Dental x-rays help us find cavities in tiny baby teeth and also make sure that adult teeth are coming in correctly to head off future problems. X-rays also help us predict whether your child will need orthodontic treatment and when the time is right.
- Adults with gum disease - Advanced periodontal disease can cause erosion of the bone in the jaw, and x-rays help us track this and prevent the problem.
- Anyone who has or is seeking restoration work - If you are in need of restorations including crowns, veneers, and dental implants, x-rays help us check the condition of your teeth and jaws ahead of time to make sure you are a good candidate and which procedure will best fit your individual needs. Once your restorations have been placed, they allow us to check for cavities or other issues that might be hidden by your dental work.
- X-rays are also required by most insurance companies to process claims for major restorative work such as crowns, bridges, implants, and periodontal treatment.
The Advantages of Digital X-rays
Radiation damages your cells and is linked to the development of cancer. While x-rays already use a minimal amount of radiation and are generally deemed to be safe, even small amounts of radiation will add up over time. We believe that the less radiation you are exposed to, the better. Digital x-rays allow us to significantly reduce the amount of radiation you are exposed to by as much as 80 percent according to the American Dental Association.
In addition to reducing your exposure to radiation dramatically, digital x-rays have also been shown to be more sensitive than traditional x-ray technology. This feature allows us to get a clearer picture of what is going on inside your teeth, which leads to better dental care and earlier prevention of problems. Instead of the old black-and-white images created by traditional x-rays, digital radiography creates color-enhanced images so you can see what we see. This allows you to become a better partner in your own dental care. We believe that patient education and understanding is crucial so you can make informed decisions about your health and treatment.
For more information about digital dental x-rays including their benefits and how they are used as an important part of your dental care and treatment plan, please call our office. We are always happy to answer your questions and help you have a better understanding of your dental treatment.