Dental X-Ray Imaging
“Our office uses digital radiography, which subjects you to the lowest possible radiation dose.”
Why do I need dental x-rays?
Not all oral issues are immediately visible – particularly if they exist underneath your gums, at the root of the tooth, or in the supporting bone. Because of this, dental x-rays are essential for proper diagnosis of dental diseases.
Dental x-rays allow for the early detection of cavities, bone loss, abscesses, build-up of tartar below the gumline, cysts, and other growths. If you do not allow your dental provider to take the necessary x-rays, you are handicapping them from making an accurate diagnosis of your oral health.
Many patients are concerned about the exposure to radiation that they receive with dental x-rays. The reality is your exposure to radiation from diagnostic dental x-rays is far less than your exposure from other sources of medical radiation and environmental radiation in everyday life.
For example, if you were in need of a chest x-ray, you would receive 20 to 80 times more radiation; and on a flight from Los Angeles to New York City, you would receive 8 times more radiation than with a single dental x-ray.
Don’t let issues that are easily detectable be missed – particularly issues that can be caught and treated early before they turn into costly and painful problems.
Cone Beam CT Scan
A Cone Beam CT scan is a digital 3D image of the head and neck region. This advanced imaging allows us to accurately diagnose conditions that may have been missed on conventional dental x-rays. It also enables us to plan surgical treatment with precision, and expedite treatment and recovery time for many. Every scan at our office is read by a board-certified oral and maxillofacial radiologist.