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.
The image can be instantly viewed and enlarged, which helps the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems easier. Digital x-rays reduce radiation 80 to 90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.
Dental x-rays are essential, preventative, and diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dr. Presser and our dental hygienists at Presser Dental Group use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan for our patients in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
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.
Aside from being better for the health and safety of the patient, digital x-rays are faster and more comfortable to take. This reduces your time in the dental office. Also, since the digital image is captured electronically, there is no need to develop the x-rays, which helps eliminate the disposal of harmful waste and chemicals into the environment.
However, although digital x-rays produce a low level of radiation and considered very safe, we still take necessary precautions to limit your exposure to radiation. These precautions include only taking those x-rays that are necessary and using lead apron shields to protect the body.
The need for dental x-rays depends on your individual dental health needs. Dr. Presser and our dental hygienists will recommend necessary x-rays based upon the review of your:
A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients. This is usually good for 3 to 5 years.
Bitewing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (checkup) visits. These are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.
If you have any questions or concerns about x-rays and radiation, please don't hesitate to speak with Dr. Presser or any of our dental hygienists.