Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists 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:
- 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
Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
Digital x-rays, also known as digital radiography, are the latest in dental x-ray technology. Digital x-rays use a digital image capture device instead of x-ray film. This technique saves time as there is no need to develop film images, and produces images that have a better resolution than standard dental x-ray machines. Digital x-rays also emit lower levels of radiation as images are produced electronically.
Digital X-rays can be used to detect abscesses, malignant or benign masses, bone loss, and cavities that are not visible during a visual examination. These x-rays are safe and effect for both adults and children; however it is wise to speak with your dental professional if you are pregnant or nursing before proceeding with digital x-rays.