Benefits of Dental X-rays

Although impressive hi-tech dental procedures are available to patients, whether they need a root canal, dental implant, or emergency procedure, a critical tool before moving forward with practically any dental treatment that’s rarely highlighted is the dental X-ray, a window into the world of your oral health that’s far superior to the naked eye.

Dental X-rays are revealing in more ways than one. They show your dentist what’s going on with your teeth, gums, and jaw in an obvious sense and they also point to underlying issues that may not be apparent yet and could emerge down the road.

The highly skilled and warm team of dental pros at Comfort Dental Spa are well-versed in using dental X-rays to optimize your treatment, and interpreting them expertly. 

Digital dental X-rays: a new and better option

Because Comfort Dental Spa is committed to offering our patients the most state-of-the-art care, this extends to our imaging methods as well. Traditional X-ray techniques used film to record images of your mouth, but digital X-rays capture the images via an electronic sensor, so this data can be stored electronically. 

You’ve probably noticed how easy it is for your hygienist and dentist to access and manipulate your X-rays. This ease actually allows them to conduct a more thorough dental evaluation, and again helps them proactively identify and troubleshoot developing issues that could become problems later on, and see your current needs for treatment. 

Digital dental X-rays allow your dental team to strategize about future treatment, and this ability saves you discomfort, time, and money. They are preventive and diagnostic tools, simultaneously. 

What types of problems can dental X-rays uncover? 

Digital radiography can reveal painful and potentially serious problems like an abscess, a tumor which may or may not be malignant, and decay in hard-to-see places like between your teeth, underneath your fillings, below your gum line, and even on the interiors of your teeth. 

X-rays also allow your dentist to see important structural situations, like whether you’re suffering bone loss in your jaw, and if any not-yet-erupted teeth are able to come through your gums properly (if not, they’re termed “impacted”), as with wisdom teeth. 

When do I need dental X-rays?

We recommend that all new patients who are just establishing a relationship with us get a full mouth series of dental X-rays done. They are good for 3-5 years and give us the baseline information we need to start treating you with full confidence. 

That said, your overall medical history, dental history, current dental needs, and age are all factors that go into your dentist’s decision about how often you should get X-rays taken, and which ones. 

If your dentist determines that you don’t need a full mouth series, they may just advise you to get bite-wings done, which are images of your upper and lower teeth recorded when you bring them together. These are usually done annually or bi-annually. 

Should I be concerned about radiation?

It’s only natural that you might be concerned about the safety of dental X-rays. First, you should know that we don’t casually prescribe dental X-rays, but the frequency with which we do recommend your getting them, and the procedure itself, are considered safe. 

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), when you compare the radiation exposure associated with dental X-rays and other sources of radiation — both manmade and natural — your risk of danger and deleterious health effects is minimal from this screening modality.

The manual oral exams and carefully created dental treatment plans that our team delivers are complemented by the common, but powerful tool of digital radiography. It’s a safe, quick, and painless procedure for you, and an indispensable tool containing a wealth of information for your dentist.

Call our office at 248-474-6434 to schedule a consultation with a member of our dental team today, or book one using our convenient online tool

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