Digital radiography is the latest technology used by dental providers to take X-rays. They are vital diagnostic and preventative aids that provide crucial information not visible during a routine dental check-up. With the help of this data, dental providers can accurately identify hidden oral abnormalities and develop a customized treatment plan. At Family Smiles Fort Lee, we use digital radiography to support our visual diagnosis and provide patients with effective and comfortable dental treatments.
What Is Digital Radiography?
Digital radiography utilizes an electronic sensor in place of X-ray films to capture and store the digital images on a computer system. These images can be enlarged and viewed instantly, thereby helping dental providers in their diagnosis. Digital radiography reduces the exposure to radiation by about eighty to ninety percent compared to conventional X-rays.
What Are the Uses of Digital Radiography?
These X-rays may reveal:
- Cysts or abscesses
- Jawbone loss.
- Cancerous and benign tumors.
- Tooth decay.
- Developmental irregularities.
- Poor root and tooth positions
- Issues of the tooth's core or below the gum line.
- Saves you from unnecessary discomfort
- Reduces your treatment time
Is Digital Radiography Safe?
As human beings, we are being constantly exposed to natural radiation in our environment. Digital radiography produces a significantly lower level of radiation and, as a result, it is better for the safety and health of a patient. Since they are comfortable and faster to capture, your time in the dental office gets reduced. Also, as the digital photographs are captured electronically, the need to develop the X-rays does not arise, thus eliminating the disposal of harmful chemical waste into the atmosphere.
Digital photography releases low amounts of radiation and is considered very safe. But still dentists take the necessary precautions to minimize the patient's exposure to radiation. These precautions include taking only the mandatory X-rays and protecting the body using lead apron shields.
How Often Should Digital X-Rays Be Taken?
The need for digital X-rays depends on each patient's individual oral health concerns. Our dentists will recommend necessary X-rays based on your dental exam and oral condition.
A whole mouth digital X-ray is recommended for new patients, and it holds good for three to five years. Bite-wing X-rays are taken during your follow-up visits and are generally recommended once or twice a year to identify new oral problems.
If you have any questions about digital radiography, visit our office, Family Smiles Fort Lee, at 810 Abbott Boulevard Suite 302, Fort Lee, NJ 07024. You can also reach us at (201) 224-2705 and schedule an appointment.