Dental X-Rays

X-rays have been used in dentistry since the early 1900s. Today, technology in digital radiography has allowed us to take in more detailed images with as much as 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays.

What Are They?

The digital x-ray can detect hidden dental abnormalities or potential problems not normally found in traditional x-rays, such as abscesses, bone loss, decay, and poor root positions not visible to the naked eye, that can be caught and treated.

What Are My Options, If Any?

Dental technology has improved the way dentists practice their craft. Thanks to science and modern technology, patients are able to receive dental treatment without the pain and time associated with old-fashioned dentistry. Dental X-rays are also becoming safer and more convenient.

Some dental patients may put off dental x-rays for safety reasons; therefore, dentists are placing every precaution to protect patients from exposure, and dental X-rays emit low amounts of radiation. Dentists are addressing dental x-ray issues, such as the wait time for film to be developed and environmental concerns, with digital radiography, a high-tech alternative to traditional dental X-rays.

There are several benefits to using digital radiography over traditional film X-rays:

  • Less Radiation
  • Shorter Dental Appointment
  • Higher Quality Images
  • Transferring Dental Records
  • Environmentally Friendly

What Does The Procedure Look Like?

The physical process for digital radiography is similar to the more traditional dental X-rays that use film. Although both choices involve inserting a sensor into your mouth in order to capture images of your teeth, the digital sensor in digital radiology is connected to a computer. Once the X-ray is taken, the image is projected on a screen for your dentist to view.

Am I A Candidate?

Digital radiography is slowly becoming more popular in the professional dental community. With the expense of digital radiography equipment, the majority of dental practices have yet to invest in digital X-rays. Approximately 30 percent of all dental offices currently are using digital radiography, with an estimated increase to half within the next few years.

No matter what type of X-rays you choose, dental X-rays are an important part of your regular dental visits. If you're interested to learn more about digital x-rays and radiography, call our Elmwood Park office at 708-456-1188 or schedule an appointment today.

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