Digital X-Rays are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. They are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. The doctor uses this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal.
Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs. Developmental abnormalities, poor tooth and root positions. Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
Are dental x-rays safe?
We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series of x-rays is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources. Dental x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe.
Dr. Segovia utilizes Digital Imaging Technologies within the office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Dr. Segovia chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken. She takes necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays. These precautions include using sensors that cut down the exposure time of each x-ray. There are many guidelines that we follow. Digital imaging allows us to store patient images, and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Dr Segovia will recommend necessary x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for disease. A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients. A full series is usually good for three to five years. Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.
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