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
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
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.
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.
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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