At King Family Dental Care, we use only digital x-rays for our patients. While dental x-rays emit low amounts of radiation and are very safe to use routinely for diagnosing cavities and other dental problems, digital x-rays are know to use up to 90% less radiation than traditional dental x-rays using film. Also digital x-rays are performed in a fraction of the time required to take traditional x-rays. The placement of the digital sensors into the mouth are noted to be much more comfortable than the traditional film x-rays with paper backing. The difference in the clarity of the digital x-rays to traditional ones is like comparing high definition t.v. viewing to the previous analog versions. This gives Dr. King a greatly enhanced view of your teeth and surrounding structures allowing him the ability to diagnose your dental needs much more easily.
For years, dental x-rays have been used to diagnose oral health complications and detect decaying or damaged teeth. X-rays provide a unique view of the mouth that isn’t possible with a visual exam alone. When x-rays are taken, the teeth and bones absorb the majority of the ray, making them highly visible on film or on a screen. Nearly all new dental patients are x-rayed. By comparing your x-rays with your full mouth examination and dental history, Dr. King can prescribe effective treatment and recommend a plan for preventative care.
Did you know…
that dental x-rays deliver very low levels of radiation and are considered completely safe? In fact, x-rays are even considered safe during pregnancy and while breastfeeding so long as a leaded apron and collar is used to protect your body from exposure. If you are pregnant or think you may be, tell your dentist so proper precautions can be taken.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I get dental x-rays?
Yes. Dental x-rays are capable of identifying tooth decay and damage beneath the surface of the teeth where caries are less visible during an examination. Furthermore, x-rays provide a reference point for the progression of decay in your mouth over time. You should have x-rays taken on a regular basis, but especially if you are experiencing oral health complications or are planning to undergo a dental procedure, such as a root canal.
What should I expect when I get digital dental x-rays?
Getting digital dental x-rays will take only a couple of minutes. A round ended sensor is placed into the mouth, which you will be asked to bite down on. Most patients find that digital dental x-rays are completely painless and do not inflict any level of discomfort. When the x-ray is taken, the image will instantly appear on a computer screen. In some cases, dentists will take extraoral as well as intraoral x-rays that snap images of the face, jaw and skull. Extraoral x-rays are typically used to identify impacted teeth, such as wisdom teeth.
What happens after my dentist has taken x-rays?
Your x-rays will be saved digitally. In the future, Dr. King may request additional dental x-rays to monitor the health of your teeth, gums and jaw over time. If you are considered to be high risk for oral disease or are exhibiting symptoms of complications, Dr. King may prefer to take x-rays more frequently.