Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, CA
Dental X-rays have long since been a part of preventive and diagnostic dental care, but recently, technology has evolved to provide us with the opportunity of using digital X-rays.
What are digital X-rays, and how are they different from traditional X-rays?
The physical process for digital radiography is actually similar to traditional dental X-rays that use film: With digital radiography, your dentist inserts a sensor into your mouth to capture images of your teeth — but that’s where the similarities between conventional and digital dental X-rays end. Although it resembles the film used for bitewings and other dental X-rays, the digital sensor is electronic and connected to a computer. Once the X-ray is taken, the image is projected on a screen for your dentist to view.
The most significant differences are quality and safety. Digital X-rays provide the dentist with high-quality images that are used for diagnosing issues that would otherwise be unseen by a visual exam. Plus, digital X-rays emit minimal amounts of radiation. Images from traditional X-rays are of lesser quality and emit higher amounts of radiation.
How safe are digital X-rays?
Digital X-rays are much safer than traditional X-rays. In fact, they emit nearly 90 percent less radiation. Although there is still a minimal risk involved with any form of x-ray, the benefits far outweigh the risks because of the various types of dental issues that can be detected. Without the use of digital X-rays, you could be putting your health at risk of hidden dangers. While digital X-rays are deemed safe, we still only recommend them when necessary, or at least once a year during your checkup so that we can document any changes in your oral health.
Are digital X-rays safe for children?
Digital X-rays are even safe for children. The dentist may use digital X-rays as means of evaluating the growth and development of your child’s mouth and teeth. Any issues discovered during this phase can be addressed to help ensure your child remains healthy as he or she grows.
Are digital X-rays safe for the environment?
Digital dental X-rays are better for the environment! With digital radiography, no chemicals are used to develop film. Also, X-ray files are stored digitally on our computer so that there is minimal waste. There’s also no wasted space of a darkroom and no need to store film, which can pile up in a dentist’s files.
Why do I need digital X-rays?
Digital X-rays allow the dentist to detect decay between teeth, infection, or abnormalities in the jawbone or surrounding bone structure, tumors, and more. They are used for documenting the state of your oral health, which means we can detect any changes. Digital X-rays also aid in developing treatment plans, especially when multiple procedures are needed, to avoid unnecessary treatments down the road. One of the great benefits of digital X-rays is that that can be viewed from a computer screen so you can see a more detailed view of each individual tooth.
To discuss benefits of digital X-rays or to schedule an appointment, contact Ebrahimian Integrative Dentistry today at (831) 824-5111. We welcome patients of Los Gatos, Santa Cruz, and Scotts Valley, California.