X-ray images, also called dental radiographs, are among the most valuable tools we have for keeping your mouth and teeth healthy.
Many diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues can only be detectable on a radiograph.
An X-ray examination may reveal:
- small areas of decay between the teeth or below existing restorations (fillings);
- infections in the bone;
- periodontal (gum) disease;
- abscesses or cysts;
- developmental abnormalities;
- some types of tumors.
For children, we use x-rays to watch for decay and to monitor tooth growth and development.
Often, we can prevent major problems by catching small developmental problems early and then making accommodations. Therefore, finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save time, money and unnecessary discomfort. It can detect damage to oral structures not visible during a regular exam. If you have a hidden tumor, radiographs may even help save your life.
Digital Dental X-Rays
With digital dental X-Rays we are able to provide even better dental care and more accurate diagnosis. The process of digitally capturing an image is much faster, safer and more comfortable for the patient.
How Digital Dental X-Rays Work
We place a small sensor in your mouth. The sensor is connected to a computer by a thin wire. Next, an X-ray beam passes through your teeth and into the sensor, which records the image of your teeth and sends it to the computer.
Why Digital Dental X-Rays are Better
The digital dental X-ray system is more sensitive than dental X-ray film systems, so your exposure to X-rays is cut by as much as 90 percent ! The large, color-enhanced images let you see what your dentist sees, so it’s easier for you to understand how your dentist will treat your teeth. Your fees don’t include payment for photo chemicals, film, processing or film storage. Used photo chemicals and film are not polluting the environment. Your dental checkups take less time, and it’s fun to watch this system work!
Cone Beam Imaging ( CT Scan )
Along with regular X-Rays, we also utilize state-of-the-art, full-cranial cone-beam CT (computed tomography) technology that produces highly accurate 3-D radiographic images for diagnosis, and treatment planning.
Cone beam imaging gets its name because CBCT machine projects a cone-shaped beam of x-rays.
The machine rotates around a patient’s head and takes multiple images that are digitally compiled into 3-D radiographic images.
CBCT Scanner exposes the patient to 10 times less radiation than a Medical CT, and scanning time is only 20 seconds
A dental cone beam scan offers invaluable information when it comes to the assessment and planning of dental implants. The American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology suggests cone-beam CT as the preferred method for presurgical assessment of dental implant sites.