Dental x-rays have been used as a diagnostic tool which can detect damage and disease which may not be detectable during a routine dental exam.
The use of x-rays, or dental imaging, allows our dentists to make the most thorough examinations and develop the best treatment plan for you needs.
Types of Dental X-Rays
There are five common types of dental x-rays.
- Cone beam
Each of these types provides different information for our dental team.
If it feels like we’re taking longer than expected to do your x-rays, be comforted we are taking care to get all the information to help your mouth be the healthiest it can be.
Problems Revealed Using X-Rays
There are many problems a dental x-ray can reveal. It’s why we use them on such a regular basis.
Som of the dental problems an x-ray reveals include:
- Decay between the teeth
- Bone loss
- Cysts or abscesses
- Internal tooth issues
- Issues under the gum line
- Poor position of tooth or root
- Tumors (cancerous and non-cancerous)
Dental X-Ray Procedure
If you have never had a dental x-ray the procedure is pretty simple.
We peform our x-rays before cleaning to determine the health of all the structures in your mouth.
Depending on the type of x-ray needed, the picture can be taken from inside or outside the mouth. We use special adapters to make this as comfortable as possible.
While taking an x-ray, we provide you with a lead vest which rests over your chest and lap. The purposes is to reduce the amount of x-rays your body receives.
Once the x-ray is taken, it is stored in our computer where the dentists can review them.
Benefits of Digital X-Rays
- Our digital x-ray technology allows us to use much less radiation than traditional x-rays but other benefits of digital dental x-rays include:
- Imaging results are more reliable leading to a greater accuracy in diagnosis.
- A 10 times greater resolution over traditional x-rays.
- Easier viewing on a computer monitor that can be shared with the patient to provide more detailed explanations.
- Easy storage for comparison on future visits.
- Images can be adjusted and enlarged to provide better understanding of any issues.
- No more need for x-ray film which reduces waste and the need for harmful chemicals.
For more information on dental imaging or to schedule an appointment for dental services, contact our office at (864) 226-8040. We are conveniently located near downtown Anderson, SC.