X-rays play an essential role in the diagnosis and prevention of oral diseases, detecting problems that are not visible to the naked eye. Randolph Center for Dental Excellence uses the latest digital x-ray technology, which is significantly simpler and with less radiation than traditional x-rays. As part of a preventive care plan, digital radiography helps us to help you keep your mouth healthy to preserve your teeth throughout your life.
The advance of digital technology has brought many advantages in the area of dentistry, particularly in radiography. Compared to traditional x-rays, digital radiography can do a lot more.
Images can be displayed immediately on a chairside screen, rather than developing films and viewing them on a lightbox. Digital x-rays are much more environmentally-friendly than traditional x-rays as they do not require physical images, physical storage, film, or hazardous chemicals.
Transferring digital x-ray files is easy over the internet. Dispensing with packaging and mailing costs, insurance companies or specialists will be able to receive your x-rays immediately, rather than waiting for them to arrive in the mail.
Radiation exposure is reduced substantially with digital x-rays. The technology is also more precise at capturing images, minimizing the requirement for repeat images.
How Do Digital Radiographs Help My Dental Health?
The most common digital x-rays are taken inside the mouth (intraoral) to check for teeth cavities and establish bone health. Whereas potential problems with jaw development or identifying impacted teeth are diagnosed with extraoral x-rays, taken outside the mouth.
For this x-ray, you will be asked to bite down on the film, which is contained in some plastic. It will show tooth decay, changes in bone density around the tooth in that specific area, and the extent of fillings or restorations.
Periapical x-rays are used to treat conditions including root canal problems and gum disease. They show the bone structure around the tooth and root structure.
These show all of the teeth in both the upper and lower jaw and are used to detect and diagnose diseases, impacted teeth, and problems with the jaw. They are also used in treatment plans for dental implants.
Used by orthodontists to develop treatment plans for straightening teeth, this x-ray takes an image of the whole head. It allows dentists to see where teeth are in the jaw and how they relate to the patient’s profile.
Sialography is used to diagnose issues in the salivary gland. It uses a special dye injected into the glands to build up a picture of the area so that it can be seen clearly on an x-ray.
Cone Beam Computerized Tomography
Cone-beam computerized tomography (CBCT) creates a three-dimensional image of the interior structures of the body. It is increasingly used by dentists to identify disease and bone problems in the face, and also as a treatment planning tool for dental implant placement, surgery, and tooth extractions.
Digital x-rays are one of the tools modern dental offices are using to establish and maintain the oral health of their patients. Randolph Center for Dental Excellence provides digital radiographs to both new and existing patients as part of a preventive care regime. Call us at (336) 444-2772 to find out more and book an appointment with one of our team members.