Digital dental x-rays show areas hidden from the naked eye and enable our dentist to make a quick and accurate diagnosis and to gain a clear picture of your dental health. They can help identify problems with teeth, including those yet to erupt and can show any problems with bone loss.
How Often Will I Need Digital Dental X-Rays?
Most people require a set of x-rays every couple of years or so but this timeframe can vary according to your dental health and is something that we can discuss with you during your initial appointment. Children may require more frequent x-rays as their teeth and jaws develop. If you have a specific dental problem such as toothache then we may take an x-ray of the affected tooth as this will allow us to identify any infection and to plan treatment.
Are Digital Dental X-Rays Safe?
We do only take dental x-rays when necessary and our digital x-ray machine emits low levels of radiation and is very safe. The potential benefit of having dental x-rays far outweighs the small risks and we take every precaution to protect our patients during this procedure.
Are There Different Types of Digital X-Rays?
There are several different types of x-rays that can be taken depending on your dental needs. A periapical x-ray will show a single tooth in great detail, including the tooth root whereas bite wing x-rays will show the upper and lower back teeth of one side of the mouth in a single image. Occlusal x-rays show the floor or roof of your mouth and can be useful to identify teeth that have yet to erupt, to find extra teeth and to assess other dental problems such as abscesses or jaw fractures.