Dental x-rays are an essential diagnostic and preventive tool because they allow us to view highly detailed images of your teeth, bone, and surrounding soft tissue.
Digital x-rays allow us to see cavities clearly when they are very small and also identify bone loss, a problem that can’t be seen during a visual exam. Using this information, our doctors can address problems in their early stages while they are relatively small and easy to treat.
But many patients today have concerns about how much radiation they’re exposed to during x-rays. At Train Station Dental, we put the safety and comfort of our patients first by investing in state-of-the-art digital x-rays that provide the most accurate diagnosis and minimize exposure by as much as 75 percent.
How Digital X-Rays are Used
When we take a digital x-ray, instead of the traditional film you hold between your teeth, we use flat, comfortable electronic sensors. The sensors produce highly detailed images that are stored securely on our in-house network.
In just a few moments, we can both look at the images together as they are displayed on your chairside monitor. You become an active part of your treatment because your doctor can point out the problem so you can understand the need for treatment.
Digital x-rays help us:
- Monitor your oral health
- Detect decay and periodontal infections
- Check the health of your jaw bone
- Examine your tooth roots
For patients who have past dental conditions, we usually recommend bitewing x-rays that show upper and lower back teeth once a year. Otherwise, we take a full set of routine x-rays every five years, again, depending on your needs.
Panoramic Digital X-Rays
In addition to routine digital x-rays, we also have a panoramic x-ray unit that takes extra-oral (outside the mouth) x-rays. As you stand in place, the camera rotates around your head and takes pictures of your entire mouth in one image.
Using a panoramic x-ray allows our doctors to see your teeth and all supporting structures, including your jaw, giving us a detailed view of the overall condition of your oral health. We have found that panoramic x-rays are perfect for adults and kids who can’t have intraoral (inside the mouth) x-rays taken.
Benefits of Digital X-Rays
In addition to being very safe, digital x-rays have other benefits as well:
- Your digital x-rays are an essential part of your patient record and can be easily accessed for tracking certain conditions.
- With no paper files to deal with, your images can be shared with specialists and insurance companies easily and efficiently.
- Since there are no chemicals needed for digital x-rays, they’re safe for the environment.
Please Call to Schedule Your Next Appointment
If you would like to experience state-of-the-art dental care in a friendly and welcoming environment, please call our Audubon, NJ dental office to arrange an appointment. Our team would love the opportunity to show you how updated technology can contribute to your long-term oral health.