Remember the old x-ray films when you were a kid? The sharp edges often dug into delicate gum tissue and sometimes they required a re-do because they just didn’t come out right.
Digital Dental X-Rays and Sensors
Today, you will be happy to know that digital dental x-rays have sensors with rounded edges that fit more comfortably into the mouth. Images are high-resolution and instantly appear on the treatment room monitor, so we can make any adjustments necessary without having to wait for films to develop.
Like digital photography, Our dentists can zoom in with digital x-rays to get a closer look at areas of concern. This makes it possible to diagnose problems like decay in the earliest stages. They can also manipulate images by brightening exposure, increasing contrast, or using a combination of colors to help them see even the tiniest details of your tooth’s anatomy.
Why Dental X-Rays Are Essential
You might be tempted to skip dental x-rays, especially if you are trying to stay within a budget. But when compared to the cost of complex treatments, digital dental x-rays are a bargain, costing a fraction of what a large filling will run you. We recommend periodic x-rays – only the ones we need for accurate diagnosis and will never take unnecessary images.
Dental x-rays help our dentists see:
- Bone loss
- Tooth roots
- Fractured teeth
- Broken roots
- Biological landmarks like nerves and sinuses
- Cysts and tumors
We can bring up your x-rays on your treatment room monitor and explain the results. Naturally, it is your choice which treatments you want, but we believe that informed choices are the best choices.
Are Dental X-Rays Safe?
For our health-conscious patients, radiation exposure is a real concern. Digital dental x-rays emit up to 80 percent less radiation than traditional radiographs. You will absorb more radiation from a day at the beach than you will while in the dental chair.
When performing surgical procedures such as dental implant placement and extractions, having information regarding bone structure is vital. Panoramic x-rays show a full-mouth view of the teeth and bone structures as well as sinuses and nerve canals to make treatment more predictable.
We also use panoramic x-rays to evaluate wisdom teeth development and for orthodontic assessment. Panoramic x-rays are taken standing up as the x-ray unit moves around the head. We can show you this unique view and point out interesting structures that make up your smile.
Contact Us to Learn More about Dental X-Rays
For dental x-rays in Swansboro, NC, give us a call to reap the benefits of the latest in modern dental technology. If you have concerns, we are happy to answer any questions you have.