Dental radiographs, or X-rays, are an important part of a thorough dental examination. X-rays expose underlying conditions that may not be detectable by eye. Here are some of the benefits of having X-rays done:
- Expose hidden tooth decay
- Reveal a tooth abscess, cyst, or tumor
- Show impacted or extra teeth
- Illuminate the condition of dental fillings, tooth crowns, dental bridges and root canals.
- Reveal bone loss from periodontal gum disease
What are Digital X-rays?
Conventional x-rays utilize film to capture the image from the x-ray whereas digital x-rays capture the image on a digital sensor. The advantages to digital x-rays include:
- electronic data storage
- reduced radiation
- larger view (image can be shown on a computer monitor)
- Digital signal processing to enhance the image
While the radiation from typical dental x-rays is quite low, digital x-rays require 80 to 90 times less. Our digital x-ray capability is one example of the latest technologies employed by our practice.