Are digital dental X-rays really better than traditional X-rays?
X-rays have been a valuable tool in the dental world, helping our Kalamazoo, MI, dentist Dr. Mark Richardson detect and treat a variety of dental problems that we wouldn’t be able to detect with the naked eye. X-rays make it possible to look inside of the teeth as well as examine the health and density of the jawbone and overall facial structure. Of course, technology has improved throughout the decades, and now our practice relies on digital x-rays over traditional x-rays. Why is this important for you to know?
What makes digital X-rays different from traditional X-rays?
Digital images make it possible for us to get instant images of your mouth, which means that we can determine what’s going on and provide you with treatment even faster than with traditional X-rays.
Digital technology is also incredibly precise, which means that it creates more accurate and sharper images for us to analyze. This makes it easier for us to make a more definitive diagnosis.
Of course, one of the most important benefits, and probably the one on most patients’ minds, is that digital X-rays require less radiation than traditional X-rays, which means that patients aren’t exposed to as much radiation with digital X-rays.
Here at our Kalamazoo, MI, dental practice, we strive to provide the latest technology because we understand the safety and benefits it offers our patients. Digital X-rays are incredibly safe and precise and offer fast results. If you have questions or concerns about getting X-rays, don’t hesitate to talk to us.
What do digital X-rays actually show?
While regular oral exams are important, even these physical exams do not negate the importance of having X-rays performed by our Kalamazoo, MI, general dentist once a year. After all, X-rays are able to give us a more comprehensive view of your oral health and they have the ability to detect everything from jawbone deterioration and abscesses to tumors.
If you’re dealing with a toothache, an X-ray can help us identify whether you’re dealing with a cavity or will require a root canal. Also, X-rays are incredibly helpful for deciding exactly where to place a dental implant within the jawbone.
It’s important that you are visiting your Kalamazoo, MI, family dentist twice a year for checkups and X-rays. If it’s time to schedule cleanings for the whole family, give us a call at (269) 343-6907.