One of the many ways we deliver exceptional dental care at Woodruff Family Dental is through the use of dental x-rays, which allow our dentists to detect decay and disease earlier than a conventional oral exam. Digital x-rays, also known as digital radiographs, are rapidly replacing traditional film-based dental x-rays and have become one of the most significant developments in dental technology today, providing significant benefits to our patients.
What Are Digital X-Rays?
While there are various types of x-rays accessible, digital x-rays have become increasingly prevalent in the dentistry sector. These x-rays emit less radiation while providing the dentist with a complete picture of what is going on beneath the surface. Digital x-rays also allow dentists to see images on their screens quickly. They can also share these photos with other dentists if more specialist care is required.
When and How Are Digital X-Rays Used?
Digital x-rays are typically taken during routine dental exams. The frequency with which you have these digital x-rays performed is determined by several factors, including your age and health. If you have poor oral health, our dentist may need to x-ray your mouth more frequently to assess if your oral health is improving or worsening.
Another reason our dentist may take an x-ray of your mouth is before specialized procedures or after an injury. If you have a cracked tooth, our dentist may recommend an x-ray to determine the extent of the damage. Similarly, our dentist may perform an x-ray of a tooth that is in discomfort or may be infected. If you're getting a tooth implant, our dentist will need to take an x-ray of your mouth to check for bone loss and make sure your jaw is strong enough to endure the treatment. However, digital x-rays are typically used for routine maintenance and to ensure the health of your teeth, gums, and jaw.
The Benefits Of Digital X-Rays
X-rays are an excellent tool that dentists can use to track the development of your teeth and jaws. This is especially important for children who are developing adult teeth and teens/adults who have wisdom teeth that are in danger of getting impacted. Digital dental x-rays can also help in the detection and diagnosis of cavities and periodontal disorders. X-rays can help determine whether operations like dental realignment with braces or Invisalign, root canals, crowns, or veneers are right for a particular patient.
Visit Woodruff Family Dental at 2800 Enterprise Cv, Jonesboro, AR 72401, or call 870-972-8190 to learn more about digital X-rays.