How do Radiographs Help?
Dental x-rays or radiographs are very important. They allow the dentist to see things about your oral health that cannot be seen by the naked eye. This includes cysts (sacks of fluid that form on the roots of teeth), cancerous and non-cancerous tumors, decay that occurs between teeth, the location of teeth that haven’t grown in all the way, and fractures in the teeth or root structure.
By using an x-ray to diagnose these problems now, we can help save you money in the long run from treatments that might become necessary in the future and are often worse as time goes on. In some cases, certain x-rays can also show tumorous growths, and are an invaluable tool for early detection of these types of issues.
Advantages of Digital Radiography
Digital x-rays have many advantages when compared with old fashioned film-based machines, including:
- Reduced radiation exposure.
- Enhanced ability to refine image quality
- Instant viewing (no waiting for films to develop)
- Environmentally friendly (no toxic chemicals)
Best of all, it’s easy for you to see what the doctor sees. Your digital x-ray can be seen on a computer screen located next to your dental chair. This helps you understand your needs and make an informed choice about any treatment.
3-D digital Imaging
We are excited to now offer 3D digital x-rays. This new technology is a state of the art tool that makes diagnosis clear and precise Although these 3D images do not replace the need for traditional 2D x-rays they are invaluable tools to diagnose certain issues more difficult to see than traditional x-rays.