X-rays are an integral part of your oral healthcare. They have been used for years to monitor the health of your mouth in areas we cannot see, along with diagnosing certain oral health issues. Traditionally, X-rays were performed using radiation. At National Dental Upper East Side, we take advantage of digital X-rays.
WHAT ARE DIGITAL X-RAYS?
Digital X-rays involve the use of electronics to capture images of the interior of your mouth, rather than radiation. A sensor, which is placed in your mouth, is attached to a computer monitor. With the click of a button, we can instantly capture images, which then show up on the screen. There is no need for us to leave the room, taking up valuable time, to develop the images. You can see the images as we discuss your diagnosis so that you have a better understanding of why we are recommending a specific treatment.
Quite possibly one of the greatest benefits of digital X-rays is that there is significantly less reliance on radiation to capture images. In fact, with digital X-rays, your exposure to radiation is reduced upwards of 95%!
BETTER PREVENTATIVE CARE
Digital X-rays are an integral part of preventative care. Once we capture the images of your mouth, we can zoom in on certain areas and enhance them. We could never do this with traditional X-rays. The ability to zoom in allows us to spot even the smallest issues in your mouth. We can then take the necessary action to prevent them from becoming more serious. This can save you a significant amount of pain, as well as the need for a more invasive oral procedure.
Digital X-rays are also an important tool for cavity detection. Along with the ability to zoom in and enhance, we can also display images in color, as well as in negative. All of these factors provide us with the ability to spot even the smallest cavities before they become a bigger problem. Once we detect a cavity, we can then take the necessary action to clean it of decay and bacteria, and fill it, preventing the cavity from worsening.
MONITORING BONE LOSS FROM GUM DISEASE
When you have more advanced stages of gum disease, oral bacteria have fallen below your gum line. While there, the bacteria go to work attacking your jawbone and the periodontal ligaments that hold your teeth in place. With digital X-rays, we can more easily monitor this bone loss. We have the ability to store your X-rays in a digital file. We can easily pull up an older image with a few clicks of a button. This image can then be displayed side by side with your latest image. We can also place the images on top of one another. This provides us with the unique ability to spot even the most minor changes in your bone mass.
BETTER TREATMENT PLANS
With all of the advantages that digital X-rays have to offer, we can provide you with much better treatment plans. With a more accurate, more personalized treatment plan, we can help to keep your oral health in optimal shape.
With the help of digital X-rays, our ability to maintain your oral health has greatly improved. For more information, contact National Dental Upper East Side today at (646) 736-2206!