X-ray technology has made a lot of advancements over the past number of years. The most current x-ray method being used is digital radiography, which uses electronic sensors that capture the x-ray of your mouth and stores it onto a computer. This digital image can then be instantly viewed, enlarged, or adjusted in such a way as to help our dentist or hygienist detect problems with ease. Additionally, these digital x-rays reduce radiation by up to 90% when compared to the already low exposure produced by traditional dental x-rays.
Why do you need dental x-rays?
This essential, preventative, diagnostic tool provides very valuable information to our dentists that would otherwise not be visible during a standard dental exam. This information is then used to safely and accurately detect any hidden dental issues you might be having so that an accurate treatment plan can be created. The earlier dental problems can be detected and treated the more time, money, and unnecessary discomfort you can save. Just some of the different issues an x-ray may reveal include:
- Bone Loss
- Cancerous & Non-Cancerous Tumors
- Developmental Abnormalities
- Decay between Teeth
- Poor Tooth & Root Positions
- Problems Inside Teeth or Below the Gum Line
Are Dental X-Rays Safe?
Digital x-rays are a safer, faster, and more comfortable way to take x-rays when compared to traditional dental x-ray machines. With very low radiation levels, digital x-rays do not pose a threat to you. Just to be safe, however, our dentists do employ additional precautions by only taking necessary x-rays and providing you with lead apron shields to protect your body. Additionally, since all of the images are captured onto the computer, there is no need to use or dispose of harmful waste or chemicals used to develop standard x-rays.
How Often Should Dental X-Rays Be Taken?
Your individual dental health needs usually dictate how often or not you are going to be in need of dental x-rays. Our team will review your medical and dental history, perform an examination, review your signs and symptoms, and discuss your age, and risk of disease before scheduling an x-ray. Most of the time, however, a full series x-ray only needs to be taken every three to five years while bite-wing x-rays are usually only needed about once or twice per year.
3D Imaging Services
CAT Scans have been the common x-ray procedure used by physicians for many years. This procedure uses many different x-ray images to generate a cross-section or 3D view of the internal structures and organs of the body using the help of computer imaging. The past few years have helped bring 3D imaging to the dental industry, which allows us to get a detailed view of your teeth and jaw bones with more clarity than standard dental x-rays.
Our dentists have a 3D scanner in our office that allows us to quickly x-ray your entire mouth in less than half a minute. This speed and efficiency also helps keep your exposure to radiation to a minimum. As a matter of fact, you’d be exposed to more radiation by simply flying across the country than by our 3D imaging equipment.
The 3D imaging equipment used by our staff is an incredible tool that aids in lowering the cost and amount of treatment time that comes with most dental procedures as well as enhances the end results of dental surgery. Some of the ways our technology is used includes:
- Assessing the Quality of the Jawbone Where an Implant Will Be Placed
- Determining Where Your Nerves Are Located
- Diagnosing Tumors & Diseases in the Early Stages
- Measuring the Density of the Jawbone Where an Implant Will Be Placed
- Pinpointing the Most Effective Placement for Implants, including the Angle of Best Fit
- Planning a Complete Surgical Procedure in Advance
- Precisely Deciding on the Appropriate Size & Type of Implants to Use
- Viewing the Exact Orientation & Position of Each Tooth
- Determining the Exact Canal Number & Anatomy during a Root Canal Treatment
- Viewing Impacted Teeth
Contact us for more information to learn how we can restore your smile with our dental x-rays. Our team is proud to offer our high-quality services to patients located throughout the Plymouth, Minnesota, area.