Digital Dental X-rays
Digital radiography or x-rays are a tool used to capture hidden dental problems that are difficult to discover in a typical dental exam. Without the use of digital x-rays problems can often go unnoticed.
Digital x-rays use a digital image capture device in place of traditional film, sending an image immediately to a computer. The result is a highly-detailed image of the mouth, and its contrast and resolution can be enhanced to more easily diagnose dental problems and determine the very best treatment for each case.
Are X-rays safe?
Digital x-rays use an estimated 40-90 percent less radiation than conventional film x-rays. The percent of radiation that a digital x-ray emits is almost equivalent to the amount of natural radiation a person is exposed to in the environment each day. Therefore, digital x-rays are considered safe. However, at Howard and Howard we always take the necessary precautions during your digital x-ray exam in order to limit your exposure to radiation. These precautions include a lead apron shield and fast film to cut down exposure time.
How frequently should x-rays be exposed?
Dental x-rays are recommended by a dentist or hygienist based on each patient’s individual dental health needs. New patients typically have a full mouth series of digital x-rays taken, which last for three to five years. Bite-wing x-rays are often taken once or twice a year at check-up visits to catch any new dental problems.