We Offer Digital & Dental X-Rays
X-rays are an important part of dental health and maintenance and can go a long way in detecting problems and areas of concern early on. Here at Carlin Dental, we use the latest technology and proven traditional methods, and are pleased to offer our patients both digital and dental x-rays.
Carlin Dental uses the latest technology in digital radiography, also known as digital x-rays; this is the best way to take dental x-rays. The digital x-ray uses an electronic sensor (not x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image of the teeth on a computer. The image can be instantly viewed and enlarged thus helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems or issues quicker and easier. Digital x-rays also reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.
It is important to have dental x-rays done as they are used in preventive care and as a diagnostic tool that provides valuable information that is not visible during a regular oral dental exam. Carlin Dental associates use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected and an undetected problem will normally get worse.
Digital Dental x-rays can reveal:
- Abscesses or cysts.
- Bone loss.
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
- Decay between the teeth.
- Developmental abnormalities.
- Poor tooth and root positions.
- Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth.
While no one really likes to get x-rays, they are a very important preventive and diagnostic tool that provide your dentist valuable information that is not visible during a regular oral dental exam. Dental x-rays are used by dentists and dental hygienists to safely and accurately find and provide treatment plans for hidden dental abnormalities that are easily seen on an x-ray. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected and undetected issues can lead to more invasive treatments down the line once the problem becomes exacerbated.
Are dental x-rays safe?
The short answer is yes, especially the digital x-rays that cut the exposure down by 80 – 90%. However, we are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. The amount of radiation exposure from a regular full-mouth series of dental 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. Dentists take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays. These precautions include using lead apron shields to protect the body and using modern, fast film that cuts down the exposure time of each x-ray.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Your dentist and dental hygienist 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.