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Cary Dentist Office - Dental X-Rays

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Dental x-rays are an important part of preventative dental care because they allow us to see things that are not visible on the surface. With regular dental x-rays, we can see the following issues and treat them before they become major problems:

  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Bone loss
  • Tumors, both cancerous and noncancerous
  • Developmental abnormalities in pediatric patients
  • Poor tooth and root positions
  • Decay between the teeth
  • Impacted wisdom teeth

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Digital Dental X-Ray Process

Taking digital x-rays is similar to traditional film x-rays. One of our dentists or dental assistants will insert a sensor into your mouth and use a handheld device similar to a camera to capture images of your teeth. The sensor looks like the film used for bitewings, the digital sensor is connected to a computer so when the x-ray is taken, the image is immediately available for your dentist to view.

Panoramic x-rays are similar, with the exception that a mounted device will circle your head in order to get an x-ray of your entire mouth. If you are familiar with traditional film x-rays, you know how uncomfortable and sharp they are. Unlike traditional x-rays, digital x-rays are painless and take just a few minutes.

Dental X-Ray FAQs

Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

A common concern with dental x-rays is exposure to radiation. At Beavers Dentistry, we use state-of-the-art digital x-ray equipment. Although traditional x-rays emit very low levels of radiation and are perfectly safe, digital x-rays use up to 90% less radiation than their traditional film counterparts. Digital x-rays are also faster and produce a higher-quality image, allowing us to diagnose and treat you faster and with more accuracy.

How Often Should I Have X-Rays Done?

Depending on your lifestyle, risk factors, and oral health, you may need to have x-rays performed at each of your biannual exams. Typically, we recommend having them done every year or every other year.

Can I Have Dental X-Rays Done While I’m Pregnant?

If you are expecting, please let us know before your appointment. While dental x-rays are safe, we still try to minimize the amount of radiation your baby is exposed to. Unless you are having a dental emergency during pregnancy, we will postpone x-rays until your pregnancy is over.

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