Part of your cleaning and prevention plan is taking dental X-rays of your teeth. We use the latest dental X-ray technology known as digital radiography. This technology uses an electronic sensor to capture and store digital images of your teeth.
The process of taking digital X-rays is faster and more comfortable than the process of taking X-ray film, and it reduces radiation exposure by significant amounts. Because the digital images can be viewed instantly, our dental hygienist will be able to detect and diagnose any abnormalities and developing problems at a faster and more efficient rate.
It is important to have dental X-rays taken of your teeth to prevent discomfort, pain, and permanent damage to your mouth. Even though digital radiography is significantly safer than traditional X-ray film, we still take all of the necessary precautions to prevent unnecessary exposure to radiation. Your health and safety are of the utmost importance to us.
A panoramic x-ray is a 2-dimensional x-ray that shows both the upper and lower jaws and teeth in one film. The film can them be used to help diagnose different dental problems, including:
- Orthodontic problems
- Wisdom Teeth impaction
- Advanced Periodontal Disease
- Oral Cancer
The process begins with the patient standing in the center of the machine. After the patient bites down on a special tool, the x-ray machine journeys around the head for approximately 20 seconds. After that, the image is displayed either digitally on a computer or processed onto x-ray film.
For more information on panoramic x-rays, or to schedule your appointment today, please feel free to call our office. One of our knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you.