As the world of dentistry advances, so does the technology used to ensure your oral health is in top-notch condition. One of these innovative technologies is the Digital X-Ray. At Sisko Dentistry in Tallmadge, OH, we pride ourselves on utilizing state-of-the-art equipment to provide the best care for our patients.
Digital radiography (digital x-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental x-rays. This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems easier. Digital x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.
Dental x-rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.
Signs You May Need a Digital X-Ray
- Persistent tooth pain
- Swelling in the gums or jawline
- Suspected cavities or tooth decay
- Recent dental trauma or injury
- Monitoring the position of wisdom teeth
Dental x-rays may 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 may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
Why Digital X-Rays are Essential
- Accurate and Detailed Images: Unlike traditional x-rays, digital versions offer high-resolution images unlike traditional x-rays. This provides our doctor with a clear, comprehensive view, ensuring accurate diagnosis and treatment planning.
- Speed and Efficiency: Digital x-rays produce immediate results. The process is not only faster, but it also eliminates the wait time, allowing us to address your dental concerns promptly.
- Environmentally Friendly: As there’s no need for chemicals or film used in the development process of traditional x-rays, digital x-rays are a more environmentally conscious choice.
Are dental x-rays safe?
We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. Digital x-rays produce a significantly lower level of radiation compared to traditional dental x-rays. Not only are digital x-rays better for the health and safety of the patient, they are faster and more comfortable to take, which reduces your time in the dental office. Also, since the digital image is captured electronically, there is no need to develop the x-rays, thus eliminating the disposal of harmful waste and chemicals into the environment.
Even though digital x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered very safe, dentists still take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation. These precautions include only taking those x-rays that are necessary, and using lead apron shields to protect the body.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based upon the review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and risk of disease.
A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients. A full series is usually good for three to five years. Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.
Your Treatment Process
- Preparation: Our friendly staff will guide you to the x-ray room upon arriving at Sisko Dentistry. You might be provided with a protective apron to wear during the process.
- Capturing the Image: With the digital x-ray machine positioned correctly, you’ll be asked to bite down on a specially designed piece. The image capture process is quick and painless.
- Analysis and Consultation: Once the images are captured, our doctor will review them. You’ll then have a detailed consultation discussing any concerns or treatments necessary.
Prevention Is Better Than Cure
At Sisko Dentistry, we firmly believe in the adage that prevention is better than cure. Regular check-ups are one of the most straightforward pathways to maintaining excellent oral health. Visiting our clinic consistently allows us to detect potential dental issues in their early stages. This early detection paves the way for more effective treatment and often translates to more straightforward, less invasive remedies.
But the responsibility of dental health doesn’t end with periodic visits to the dentist. Adopting a rigorous oral hygiene routine is pivotal. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, complemented by daily flossing and the regular use of mouthwash, forms a formidable defense line against various dental complications. These simple daily habits can be instrumental in warding off conditions that may otherwise necessitate an x-ray or more intensive treatments.
In addition to these practices, it’s essential to understand the impact of our daily activities on our dental health. For instance, the importance of protective wear cannot be overstated if you’re involved in sports or any rigorous physical activities. Utilizing protective equipment such as mouthguards can act as a shield, preventing potential dental trauma and ensuring the longevity of your radiant smile.
Outlook after a Digital X-Ray
Digital X-rays stand as a beacon of clarity in dental diagnostics. They offer unparalleled clarity about your dental health, serving as a comprehensive tool for both you and our doctor. Armed with this precise information, making informed decisions about the next steps in your dental care journey becomes exponentially easier.
Moreover, such detailed insights enable treatments to be meticulously tailored, meeting your individual needs with precision. This knowledge gives patients an invaluable peace of mind, affirming that their oral health is on the right track. Furthermore, the clarity afforded by digital X-rays ensures that any necessary follow-ups are identified and scheduled promptly, streamlining the care and recovery process.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the advantages of digital X-rays over traditional ones?
Digital X-rays offer high-resolution images for accurate diagnosis, produce immediate results for faster treatment decisions, and are more environmentally friendly since they don’t require chemicals for development.
Is the radiation from digital X-rays safe?
Yes, digital X-rays emit significantly lower radiation levels than traditional x-rays. At Sisko Dentistry, patient safety is paramount, and we ensure the procedure is as safe as possible.
How often should I get digital X-rays taken?
The frequency depends on individual dental health. While some might need X-rays only during annual check-ups, others with specific dental concerns might need them more frequently. Our doctor will recommend the best schedule for your needs.
Take Action & Secure Your Smile
At Sisko Dentistry, we’re dedicated to providing you with the best in general dentistry, including harnessing the power of modern technology like Digital x-rays. Our commitment is to ensure you leave our clinic with a smile from our service and your oral health. If you suspect you need a Digital x-ray or just want to discuss your oral health, don’t hesitate. Call us today at (330) 633-9510. We’re here to assist you every step of the way.