Dental Radiographs (X-rays)
Occasionally during one of your routine dental visits the dentist or hygienist will come in and say that you are due for some dental radiographs.
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You come in complaining of some tooth pain and one of the first things the dentist says is that he or she wants to take an x-ray of the site.
So why are they needed?
Dental radiographs allow the dentist to see any issues or concerns that can not be seen clinically (i.e., when he or she looks in your mouth.) This includes tooth decay, bone destruction, root infections, etc. For example: A tooth may look completely fine on the surface but could have a severe tooth abscess at the root tip causing you pain.
Types of Radiographs
The two types of dental x-rays that a dental office can have are Traditional film and Digital.
What are the differences?
Traditional dental radiographs are images produced on photosensitive film by exposing the film to radiation and then processing it.
Digital radiographs are similar but instead of using photosensitive film, images are produced by exposing a digital sensor to radiation.
Benefits of digital radiographs
- Significantly less radiation exposure.
- No wait time for developing. Images are instantly available on a computer screen.
- Environmentally friendly. No need for harsh development chemicals and no foil and wrapper waste.
If you are having a dental issue or would just like a dental check-up please call our office to make an appointment!
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