Digital radiography (or digital x-ray) is an advanced technology used to produce dental x-ray images of your teeth and jaw. This technique adopts an electronic sensor rather than x-ray film to render a digital image with a computer. The image it creates will help your dentist and dental hygienist outline a course of treatment with ease.
Dental x-rays are required as a preventative and diagnostic tool in order to provide information to your doctor invisible to the naked eye. Dentists and dental hygienists have relied on this technology for years to detect abnormalities and provide accurate treatment plans.
Dental x-rays detect many conditions, including:
- Abscess or cyst
- Bone loss
- Tooth decay
- Developmental abnormalities
- Tooth and root position
- Abnormalities inside tooth or below gum line
Do I Need X-Rays?
Are you curious if you need dental x-rays? Whether you need new images taken depends on factors such as your health and dental needs. New patients are required to undergo x-rays before treatment options are available.
Have you had x-rays taken in the recent past? Any previous dental x-rays are typically good for a period of 3-5 years. Your dentist or dental hygienist will ultimately decide whether new images are necessary during your next appointment.
Are Dental X-Rays Safe?
Every day we’re exposed to natural radiation such as sunlight. Radiation from a digital x-ray machine is no more dangerous than these other comparable forms when limited. Our dental technicians are specially trained to limit the radiation our patients are exposed to over the course of their visit.
Digital x-rays generate significantly less radiation than their predecessor and generate dental imaging faster, resulting in shorter appointments. Although traditional dental x-rays were already recognized as emitting very low doses of radiation, digital x-rays produce significantly less – nearly 80-90% less radiation on average.