Everything you need to know about Digital Dental X-Rays
In the Dental Field, there are two important ways that a Dentist will look at and diagnose your condition. The first is with an Oral Exam of the aesthetics of the teeth. The second portion is by looking at your Dental X-Rays which can often show different information than what is visible simple by looking at the mouth.
In the past, X-Ray imaging in Dentistry has a significant amount of radiation, the same as getting an X-Ray taken by your regular doctor. However, with modern Digital Advancements in technology, today's digital X-Rays emit very little Radiation and are considered quite safe. That being said, our staff will of-course take extra precautions and cover your with a lead apron and a neck collar while taking your X-Rays to keep you extra safe.
There are several different types of X-Rays taken at the Dental Office as seen bellow:
(Film Inside of the Mouth - Provides Detailed Tooth Specific Data)
(Overall View of the Oral Cavity - Focused on Jaw and Bone Structure)
What to expect during the procedure
The X-Ray process in Dentistry is 100% painless. The Dental Assistant will bring you into the room and cover you with a lead apron and a lead neck collar to protect you from any radiation. Then depending on which X-Rays are needed, they will proceed to prepare the digital films for processing. When the assistant is ready, they will use a guided instrument to gently place the films into you mouth to take the X-Ray. The films are covered with disposable barriers and they may feel uncomfortable for a few second while the X-Ray is being taken. The X-Ray process takes 5-10 minutes in total. At times the Dentist may request for the assistant to take an additional X-Ray or two depending on what they see during the oral exam.