Dental x-rays are a way of seeing inside the teeth and beneath the gums. They are used to check for problems with the teeth or jaw, such as cavities, infection, bone loss, and more. Unlike traditional film-based x-rays, digital x-rays use an electronic sensor to capture the image and send it directly to a computer. The image is instantly sent to the computer screen at Carlston Dental Group, for the doctors to review. This allows dentists to quickly diagnose any issues and help patients start treatment as soon as possible. Digital x-rays are also safer for patients because less radiation is used than with traditional film-based x-rays. Patients can also get a digital copy of the x-ray for their records at home.
An x-ray is an image that captures the structures of the teeth and jawbones. The image lets your dentist see if you have any issues with the teeth, the gums, the bones, or other tissues in your mouth. X-rays help your dentist find problems early to treat them before they get worse.
Advantages of Digital X-Rays
- The patient is exposed to less radiation than with a traditional set of images. While radiation exposure is regular with dental x-rays, the exposure is much lower with a digital image.
- The dentist can use the image instantly instead of waiting to develop the film, saving time for both the patient and the dentist.
- Digital images are stored on the computer for easy access in the future. This means that if there is a need for a second opinion, the images can be sent digitally instead of physically mailing copies or putting them on a disc.
- The images can also be quickly sent to insurance companies, allowing patients to receive their benefits sooner.
How Safe Are Digital X-Rays?
Digital X-rays are an extremely safe and non-invasive diagnostic tool. They emit about the same amount of radiation as a day of sunshine but are considered safe for patients of all ages. The digital images we take of your mouth are on a computer screen immediately, which means we can see the results faster than ever.
We can take images of your jaw or focus on a specific problem area. We can also adjust the brightness and contrast of the image to get a clearer picture. Your time with the dentist will also decrease because we don’t have to develop the film as we did in the past. We can view your X-rays right on the screen in front of you. The whole process is much more efficient and accurate for your dentist, which keeps you safer in the long run.
Digital X-Rays can help spot problems that would not be visible otherwise. For the best dental care customized to your unique need, contact Carlston Dental Group at 2472 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064, or call (310) 838-0844.