To provide you with the best possible dental care, we need to be able to see all different parts of your mouth. However, there is only so much that can be seen with the naked eye. Issues can develop where they cannot be seen, such as between the teeth or below the gum line. To view these areas, diagnose issues, and provide you with the treatment you need, Summit Dental Care uses digital radiography.
Using Digital Technology to Capture Images
Digital radiography allows us to capture digital pictures of the otherwise impossible to view areas of your mouth. Instead of a film strip, digital x-rays use an electronic sensor. The sensor captures the images, and they appear on our computer monitor, no development needed. In addition to being very quick, we can target specific areas of the image and zoom in for a closer look. This allows us to make more accurate diagnoses so that we can provide you with the care you need to maintain a healthy mouth.
Intraoral Vs. Extraoral Digital Radiography
You are most likely familiar with intraoral digital radiography. These types of x-rays involve placing an electronic sensor in your mouth. There are several types of intraoral X-rays that we may take, including bitewing, periapical, and occlusal.
There are also extraoral digital x-rays. These are x-rays that take images from the outside of your mouth. These types of x-rays are not as common. Instead, they are used in more specific situations, such as determining implant placement. They allow us to see more details. Types of extraoral digital x-rays include cone beam CT scans, panoramic x-rays, and multi-slice computed tomography.
Do I Need Digital X-Rays?
There is only so much that we can see with the naked eye. If you have a cavity between your teeth or a fracture in the root of your tooth, these issues cannot be seen. Because of this, you might never know that there was anything wrong until the issue worsens. When the issue worsens, becomes more invasive, and potentially more expensive, treatment becomes necessary. Thanks to digital x-rays, we can see the smallest issues developing in areas of the mouth that cannot be seen. This allows us to take action right away. Treatments are much less invasive and much more affordable. Thanks to digital radiography can show damage and cavities between teeth, root damage, bone damage, bone loss, cysts, abscesses, and more.
How Often are X-Rays Needed?
The frequency of your digital x-rays depends upon your specific needs. Regular x-rays are important for monitoring the condition of your mouth. If your mouth is in general good health, digital x-rays may only be necessary once a year. If you are more prone to certain types of issues, however, you may need them twice a year. Additionally, x-rays may also be recommended if you come in between your regular dental visits to have symptoms diagnosed. Depending upon your symptoms, digital x-rays can help us to determine the cause so that we can provide you with the best treatment plan possible.
For more information on digital radiography, call Summit Dental Care at (208) 490-8141 to learn more today.