Dental X-rays have been an important part of dentistry for a long time. They play a critical role in helping to detect different issues and provide you with the appropriate treatment. However, technological developments in dentistry have greatly changed how we many of our procedures, including taking X-ray images. Today, Victor Nitu DDS takes these images using digital radiography.
Types of Digital X-Rays
Common digital x-rays are intraoral. This means that they’re taken inside of your mouth. These images provide incredible detail of the teeth. They also enable us to monitor still-developing teeth as well as take a look at your jawbone. A bitewing x-ray shows us the teeth in a specific region of your mouth, both in the upper as well as the lower jaws. They show the crowns of the teeth to the supporting bone. There are also periapical x-rays, which show the entire tooth, all the way from the top to the root tip. These x-rays also show the bone around the tooth. Occlusal x-rays capture all of your teeth in a single shot.
How is Digital Radiography Done?
Getting a digital x-ray is similar to getting a traditional x-ray. However, the technology is vastly different. With digital x-rays, you bite down on an electronic sensor. This sensor is hooked up to a computer. All we need to do is push a button. We don’t even need to leave the room. The images are sent directly to the computer and can be viewed immediately.
Other Forms of Digital Radiography
While intraoral x-rays are common, there are also other forms of digital radiography that are taken outside of the mouth. These types of radiography might only be recommended under specific circumstances. They include panoramic x-rays, MCT, or multi-slice computed tomography, and CBCT, or cone beam computed tomography.
Why Would I Need Digital X-Rays?
Dental x-rays are typically taken once a year. There are certain situations that can impact the actual frequency, including your age, your risk for certain conditions, and your oral health at the time of your appointment. Children generally require more x-rays than adults, as their mouths are constantly growing and changing. The images allow us to monitor the changes and check for any problems during development. If you are a new patient, or it has been a while since your last dental exam, a complete set of x-rays is also recommended.
What are the Benefits of Digital Radiography?
Digital radiography has revolutionized how we take crucial x-ray images. For those who have avoided traditional x-rays in the past due to radiation exposure, digital x-rays use significantly less radiation. Images are displayed almost instantly on a computer. We can enlarge the image, adjust the brightness, and change the contrast, all without having to retake it.
Your appointments are shorter. You no longer need to wait while x-rays are developed. Moreover, without the need to develop your images, digital radiography is much more environmentally friendly. We no longer need to use chemicals to develop pictures.
Finally, your images are easily stored in your digital file. They can be accessed quickly when needed. They can also quickly be sent to any specialists you may need to see.
Thanks to digital radiography, we can provide you with the effective, appropriate treatment that you need. Call Victor Nitu DDS at (480) 536-8228 today to learn more.