A key part of maintaining your healthy smile is to have regular x-rays to ensure that all is well in terms of your dental condition. Digital dental x-rays are of utmost importance when it comes to diagnosing and treating dental problems that may arise over the course of your life. Regular digital x-rays can act as a preventative measure to any dental issue, with an early diagnosis before the minor issues becomes a major one.
X-rays help your dentist to identify many common dental issues such as gum diseases, tooth decay as well as various other types of infections. Additionally, they aid the assessment of your bones and joints that are crucial to the support of your teeth.
Understanding Digital X Rays
There are two main types of digital x-rays; extraoral and intraoral. Extraoral x-rays are taken on the outside of the mouth to examine key areas such as the jaw and facial bone, whilst intraoral x-rays are taken on the inside of the mouth to examine the details of the upper and lower teeth.
Commonly Asked Questions
What are the benefits of digital x rays?
Many benefits of digital x-rays exist in comparison to traditional dental x-rays:
With digital x-rays, it is possible to achieve quicker and more efficient results. Digital x-rays are able to capture a diagnostic image in seconds, which can be viewed instantly on a screen.
They can identify smaller, more hidden areas of decay, which can exist amongst teeth than a traditional dental x-ray may be able to recognise. Issues such as tumors, abscesses or cysts can be diagnosed, which is often harder to do with a normal visual dental inspection.
Early detection can save time and money for patients and dentists, as well as suffering from discomfort for longer than necessary.
There is less exposure to radiation compared to traditional dental x-rays, as digital x-rays require up to 80% less radiation.
The results can be sent quickly to insurance companies and dentists, which result in immediate feedback and faster treatments.
How often do I need to get digital x rays?
The number of x-rays that a patient requires depends entirely on your past and current dental history and conditions. Some patients will need more than others. The important thing is to make sure that you visit the dentist regularly to help identify and prevent any major dental issues from occurring.
Are digital x rays safe?
Yes. Thanks to advances in dental technology, digital x-rays are in fact very safe and have minimal exposure to radiation. Protective measures are used to ensure extra safety such as a lead body apron, which provides coverage from the patient’s neck to their knees. Digital x-rays are quick, minimising the patient’s exposure to radiation compared to traditional dental x-rays.
Our team at Glasgow Dentists are highly trained professionals who are here to ensure that dental procedures are carried out with ease. Our high-quality services help to ensure that your teeth are picture perfect forever. Do not hesitate to get in contact with us if you have any questions or would like any further information.