What exactly are Dental X-Rays?
Dental x-rays are necessary in diagnosing and treating certain dental conditions. Prior to oral surgery, imaging known as cone beam technology, also referred to as a CT scan, is used to detect underlying nerve pathways and soft tissue. We use both types of imaging to properly diagnose and treat our patients. Both digital x-rays as well as CT scans use minimal amounts of radiation.
Why might you need Dental X-Rays?
You may need a dental x-ray as part of your preventative dental care. If you come in for an emergency, we may take additional images to find the root cause of the problem. For oral surgeries and other more invasive procedures, a CT scan may be recommended and can be taken in our office.
What makes you a candidate for Dental X-Rays?
Every patient is a good candidate for dental x-rays. The images that we take use a minimal amount of radiation. The benefits of dental x-rays far outweigh the risks of the small radiation being used. Frequecny of xrays depends on many factors including previous history of cavities, gum infection and diet.
What can be expected when having Dental X-Rays taken?
With a regular dental x-ray, our staff members will position the x-rays at strategic parts of the mouth. This allows us to view the layers of the tooth and the point where teeth come in to contact. This area of contact is often a resting place for cavities and are difficult to examine visually. Xrays provide valuable information in providing a thorough exam and caries detection
For a CT scan, you will stand in the middle of a circular machine and be instructed to rest your chin on a chin bar. The machine will circle your head, taking an image of your teeth, mouth and jaw area.
All services are performed by a general dentist.