For years, dental x-rays have been used to diagnose oral health complications and detect decaying or damaged teeth. Xrays provide a unique view of the mouth that isn’t possible with a visual exam alone. When Xrays 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, although you may instead request that previous x-rays be transferred from another dental provider. By comparing your x-rays with your full mouth examination and dental history, we can prescribe effective treatment and recommend a plan for preventative care.
At Laraway Family Dentistry, we use digital x-rays, a more streamlined way of taking dental radiographs. Like traditional x-rays, digital versions provide an in-depth view of the structures of the mouth, helping dentists detect complications and develop effective modes of treatment. Digital x-rays are capable of revealing hidden caries, bone erosion, and tooth decay hiding beneath restorations.
Advantages of Digital X-Rays
- Require less radiation and no film to process
- Produce instant digital images that can easily be enhanced or enlarged for more accurate diagnosis
- Images are captured, stored, and even transmitted via in-office computers
- Dentists can easily print or email copies of x-rays in just seconds
- Patient experience is better and far more efficient when digital Xrays are used
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I get dental X-Rays?
Yes. Dental x-rays are capable of identifying tooth decay and gum disease and damage beneath the surface of the teeth where caries are less visible during the examination. Furthermore, Xrays provide a reference point for the profession of decay in your mouth over time. You should have Xrays 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 dental X-Rays?
Getting traditional x-rays can take several minutes. A thick paper tab is placed into the mouth, which you will be asked to bite down on. Most patients find that dental Xrays are completely painless and do not inflict any level of discomfort. In some cases, dentist intraoral x-rays, as well as extra-oral x-rays that snap images of the face, jaw, and skull. Extra-oral 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 either on film or digitally. In the future, your dentist may request additional dental Xrays every few years 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 your dentist may prefer to take x-rays more frequently.