Digital Dental X-Rays
Dental radiographs (X-rays) are essential, diagnostic tools that help Dr. Day and his team safely and accurately detect hidden dental problems and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without X-rays, problems may go undetected. Digital X-rays are 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 Dr. Day and his team detect problems more easily.
Dental X-rays may reveal:
Decay between the teeth
Poor tooth and root positions
Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line
Abscesses or cysts
Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth.
Are dental X-rays safe?
We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series of X-rays is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources.
Digital X-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental X-rays and are considered safe. We take necessary precautions to limit our patients' exposure to radiation when taking dental X-rays, including using lead apron shields.
How often should dental X-rays be taken?
The need for dental X-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Dr. Day and his team will recommend necessary X-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for disease.
A full mouth series of dental X-rays is recommended for new patients. A full series is usually good for five years. Bite-wing X-rays (X-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at re-care (check-up) visits and are recommended once a year to detect new dental problems.
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Dr. Nathan Day, DMD • Dentist • Lansing, MI