Digital Dental X-rays
less radiation. greater comfort.
Digital Dental X-rays (digital x-ray) provide an important perspective to both preventative and restorative care and are a necessary diagnostic tool for assessing decay, gum disease and oral cancers. Harding Dental Group utilizes digital x-ray technology which means less radiation and greater comfort.
Dr. Harding and the 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. Treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money and unnecessary discomfort.
The Latest Technology
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.
Digital X-Rays Reduce Radiation 80 -90%
Digital x-rays reduce radiation 90-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.
See for yourself
In our office, digital x-ray technology allows us to display images instantly on the computer screen where we can review potential problems with you by magnifying and labeling areas of concern and discussing treatment options. All findings can be easily viewed with a clarity that is only possible with digital x-rays.
Digital 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.
Are Dental X-rays Safe for you and the environment?
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 do 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, Dr. Harding and his team will 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. Dr. Harding will recommend necessary x-rays based upon the review of your medical and dental health symptoms, your age, and risk of disease.
New Patient Visit/Full Mouth Series: A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients. A full mouth series is usually good for three to five years.
Check-up/recall Visit Bite-Wing X-rays: Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of tope 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.
Electonic medical records
Digital x-rays also enable us to create electronic dental records that can be easily shared with consulting specialists and insurance companies.