Our office is entirely digital, which means our patients benefit from a faster, safer solution. Digital X-rays reduce radiation upwards of 90% and are faster than more primitive forms of dental imaging procedures.
Digital X-rays and 3D imaging are safe and effective tools your dentist utilizes to detect disease, damage, and development of the teeth and gums for children and adults.
Why Are X-Rays Important in Dentistry?
A dental radiograph is a type of X-ray that captures images of the teeth and bones (hard tissues), in addition to the soft tissues of your mouth and jawbone.
Additionally, since our low-radiation X-rays are used connectively with computerized applications, our dentists are able to analyze decay with exceptional precision.
It’s especially important for new patients to receive X-rays. This provides a foundation for which to compare your oral health and risk for dental problems as you continue along your dental journey with us. And, in the case of children, low-radiation X-rays are vital in tracking jaw and tooth development.
What Can X-Ray Images Detect?
Since X-rays offer a clear view of the hard and soft tissues of the teeth, gums, and jaw, your dentist is able to identify:
- Growth anomalies
- Dental caries (cavities)
- Tooth decay (including in between teeth and under dental implants and other restorations)
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Injuries to the mouth
- Certain types of tumors
- Other developmental issues and diseases
Increasing Patient Safety with Low-Radiation X-Rays
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), only a small amount of radiation is utilized during dental X-rays. The average X-ray session—two to four images of the back teeth—expose a patient to approximately 0.005 millisieverts (mSv) of radiation. In comparison, people who live in the U.S. are naturally exposed to 3.2 mSv from “background sources of radiation.”
Furthermore, as part of their commitment to safety, dentists follow the ALARA protocol. This stands for “As Low As Reasonably Achievable,” when conducting X-rays. To achieve this goal, we ensure that our patients wear protective leaded aprons and that X-ray exposure is as minimal as possible.
Prior to receiving X-rays, our friendly, experienced dental team will be sure to go over every aspect of the process. In our effort to ensure you have the best and highest quality dental care, we welcome your questions about low-radiation X-rays or any of our additional services and dental treatments.
Schedule an appointment now. Or, call us any time for questions at (215) 504-5437.