They require exposure to very low levels of radiation—which makes the risk of potentially harmful effects very small—and most people only need one set taken every two years. The number of x-rays you need should be determined by your risk for gum disease and dental decay.
Why do I need to keep getting X-rays?
How can I reduce my exposure?Check with your doctor if you have certain medical conditions or are undergoing treatments such as radiation therapy. Always mention these conditions or any changes in your health, and any other x-rays, you've had elsewhere. Also inquire if you doctor has the technology to do digital x-rays.
The Benefits of Digital dental X-rays to the Patient
Safer-Reduced exposure to radiation
Many patients have expressed concern about radiation exposure when receiving their dental X-rays. While they have wanted the diagnostic benefit of an X-ray, they have not wanted the radiation exposure. Digital X-rays eliminate that worry. Compared to traditional X-rays, digital X-rays reduce radiation exposure by as much as 85%.In addition. Digital x-rays are environmentally friendly.
Faster-Less waiting time
You will not need to wait as long for the results of your digital X-ray. Traditional X-rays take 8 to 10 minutes to process. One the digital sensor is placed next to your teeth; it takes only seconds for you digital X-ray to appear on the computer screen, ready to be viewed by your and your dentist. As a result, you will benefit by having a much shorter appointment.
More Accurate-Better understanding of treatment
Digital X-rays are more accurate. Our dentist can enlarge images and enhance the contrast to your digital X-ray, making it easier for our dentist to see and diagnose any problems.
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