An essential tool in our comprehensive dental examination is the digital X-ray. A visual examination is not enough for us to give our diagnosis and design a treatment plan. The digital X-ray enables us to see the teeth, gum line, roots, and check the bone density level of our patients. In addition, here are the different reasons why we take digital X-rays images of the patients’ teeth.
- To identify decayed areas of the teeth and even those underneath dental fillings
- Detect signs of oral cancer
- Examine infections and check for abscess in root canals or gums
- To determine bone loss for patients who have gum disease or tooth removal
Without the help of digital X-rays, patients’ dental conditions would be left undetected and untreated. We take several types of X-ray images:
- Full-mouth X-ray allows us to view the entire mouth of the patient, from his tooth’s crown to the supporting bones.
- Bite-wing X-ray lets us take radiograph images on each side of the patient’s mouth. We take this type of X-ray when we need to determine the patient’s occlusal or bite. Also, we’re able to identify if there is any decay in the back teeth.
- Panoramic X-ray allows us to view the patient’s teeth, jaws and their joints, nasal area, and sinuses. We require this X-ray when a patient needs an orthodontic treatment or an implant surgery.
- Occlusal X-ray allows us to view the floor of the patient’s mouth and show the upper and lower jaw’s bite. We need to take this X-ray image to check the development of teeth among children.
The digital X-ray images are stored in the computer, which makes the patient’s information easy to share with our colleagues. Also, we use these images in educating our patients of what’s going on inside their mouth.
Aside from keeping our commitment to give our patients excellent services, we also want to help the environment. We make use of digital X-rays in our practice in order to eliminate waste materials when producing X-ray films. On top of that, digital X-rays are safer because they emit up to 90% less radiation to patients.
We invite you to have a thorough dental examination today at New Hamburg Dental Group! Visit our clinic and we will take a closer look at your mouth through our digital X-ray.