The digital xray uses an electronic sensor (not x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image of the teeth on a computer. The image can be instantly viewed and enlarged thus helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems or issues quicker and easier. Digital x-rays also reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.
It is important to have dental x-rays done as they are used in preventative care and as a diagnostic tool that provides valuable information that is not visible during a regular oral dental exam. Dr. Shumate uses this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected and an undetected problem will normally get worse.
Digital Dental x-rays can reveal:
- Abscesses or cysts.
- Bone loss.
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
- Decay between the teeth.
- Developmental abnormalities.
- Poor tooth and root positions.
- Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth.