What is a Digital X-Ray?
X-rays are a focused beam of radiation particles that pass through bone and tissue to produce an image on special film.. Since different kinds of tissue absorb radiation differently, you can clearly see the inside of your body. This creates the familiar black and white images doctors and dentists use to diagnose problems and diseases. Without an x-ray of the whole tooth and supporting bone and gum tissues, there would be no way to detect infection or pathology that requires professional attention.
Why Use Digital X-Rays?
Digital radiography uses an estimated 70% percent less radiation than conventional film x-rays. Digital x-rays use a digital image capture device rather than traditional film, sending the final image immediately to a computer. In dentistry, the result is a highly detailed image of the mouth. The contrast and resolution can be enhanced to more easily diagnose dental problems and determine the very best treatment for each case.
How Often Should I Get A Digital X-Ray?
Your dentist can make the strongest recommendation for how often a digital x-ray should be performed. This is largely based on your medical history and your dental needs. However, most healthy adult patients will only need them at yearly check-ups. The typical child may need them more frequently to keep track of their tooth development and jaw growth.
Gulf Coast Dental Uses Digital X-Rays
When using a digital x-ray, your dentist can see the detailed structure inside of your teeth. A Digital X-Ray highlights the roots and what contact areas are found between your teeth, allowing your dentist to make the best-possible recommendation for your dental needs. If any of your teeth have an infection, your dentist can use a digital x-ray to track this infection and plan more effective, preventative treatment than if it goes undiagnosed. A digital x-ray can show if a wisdom tooth is impacted or if it needs monitoring before removal.
Gulf Coast Dental uses Digital X-Rays to bring the highest quality dental services to our patients. Call today to learn more!