They provide the dentist with valuable information not available through a regular dental exam. Identifying such problems, early saves you time, money, and unnecessary pain.
Digital radiography (digital X-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental X-rays. This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of X-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged, helping the dentist and/or dental hygienist detect problems more easily.
Dental x-rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Our dentist, Dr. Olga Dolghier, uses this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas can go undetected. Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your child's teeth!
Patients often ask if dental x-rays are safe? We are all exposed to natural radiation on our environment. Digital x-rays reduce radiation by 80-90%. which is a significantly lower level of radiation compared to traditional dental x-rays. Not only are digital x-rays better for the health and safety of the patient, they are faster and more comfortable to take, which reduces your time in the dental office. Also, since the digital image is captured electronically, there is no need to develop the x-rays, thus eliminating the disposal of harmful waste and chemicals into the environment.
Even though digital x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered very safe, dentist still take necessary precautions to limit the patient's exposure to radiation. These precautions include only taking those x-rays that are necessary, and using lead apron shields to protect the body.
How often should dental x-rays be taken? The need to dental x-rays depends on each patient's individual dental health needs. Your dentist will recommend necessary x-rays for your child based upon the review of his or her medial and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, age, and risk of disease.
There is not one standard recommendation for everyone. Dr. Olga Dolghier will evaluate your child's risk factors for dental decay and will recommend x-rays based upon your child's individual risk level.