Digital x-rays are a type of diagnostic imaging that uses special digital sensors instead of photographic film to create images of your teeth and jaws. They use less radiation than traditional x-rays, and because the images are stored digitally, they can be easily shared with other oral care providers for consultation.
X-rays are an important part of regular dental care, providing a way for the dentist to see inside your teeth in places that can't be evaluated by eye or with other techniques like probes and picks. They help show the extent of decay or trauma as well as providing clear images of a tooth's root system, and serve as important tools in determining treatment options and guiding restorative care. They're also important for providing information before extractions, root canals or implants.
Digital x-rays are taken in much the same way as a traditional x-ray: The dentist or hygienist will insert a special plate in your mouth similar to the plates used in film x-rays. The plate uses special digital sensors to create images that are then sent directly to a computer for processing. The processing occurs very quickly, which means Dr. Sporer will be able to evaluate them right away.
That depends on your age and your dental history. Dr. Sporer will be able to determine whether x-rays are needed based on your risk for oral disease or the type of treatment you need, as well as what he finds during your office exam.
No. in fact, digital x-rays use very little radiation – about 90 percent less than traditional film x-rays, which have been determined to be safe for clinical use.
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