There are several benefits to using digital radiography over traditional film x-rays:
— The equipment used in digital radiography exposes dental patients to much less radiation. In fact, digital x-rays use up to 90% less radiation than traditional film x-rays. While conventional dental x-rays are relatively safe, digital radiography is an excellent option for those who take x-rays on a regular basis or for those who are concerned about radiation.
Dental x-rays are an important part of the dental exam, used to diagnose problems with the teeth, gums and jaw. X-rays use electromagnetic radiation to produce these images — they form wavelengths that penetrate the soft tissue of the body and are absorbed by denser materials, creating pictures of your bones or teeth. And since neither Dr. Roberts nor Dr. Hall have x-ray vision, they’re necessary to distinguish dental problems not visible to the naked eye. Tooth decay, periodontal disease, impacted teeth, bite problems and even tumors are just a few of the dental conditions easily found with dental x-rays.
Bitewing x-rays are a type of dental x-ray used to check the back teeth. They show the crown of the tooth and are extremely helpful in diagnosing tooth decay located in between teeth, various stages of gum disease and problems with tooth alignment. Bitewings are also excellent for detecting buildup of dental tartar and are sometimes used to determine the presence of bone loss due to advanced periodontal disease. We also utilize a panoramic x-ray to check for wisdom tooth development, readiness for orthodontics, potential abscesses, lesions, and other pathology not visible in regular bitewing films.
At Roberts & Hall, we also have the capability of taking digital dental CT scans, which can be used for implant treatment planning, extractions, and diagnosis and treatment of other dental conditions.