Your dental exams are an integral component of maintaining a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile. Routine exams allow us to detect the presence of issues in their earliest stages before symptoms even appear. Other dental exams can help us to get to the root of specific symptoms that you are experiencing. Part of your dental exam is a visual inspection of your teeth and gums. While we can see a lot with the naked eye, there is also a lot we cannot see. Platte Valley Dental Care can see these invisible parts of your mouth with digital x-rays.
Why Do I Need X-Rays?X-rays are an integral component of your dental exams. While there are many structures in your mouth that we can see, there are also many that are hidden from view. X-rays help us to spot issues that might otherwise go undetected until more serious complications arise. Thanks to x-rays, we can spot issues such as:
What are Digital X-Rays?Traditionally, x-rays have been taken using radiation. While effective, these types of x-rays have a few significant drawbacks. One major drawback is that images taken with radiation require development in a dark room, which can take time away from your appointment. Additionally, the use of radiation causes concern for many patients.
Digital x-rays are a modern alternative to traditional x-rays. Instead of radiation, digital x-rays use electronics to capture images. We place an electronic sensor in your mouth. This sensor is attached to a computer. The sensor is placed specifically to capture different types of images. We only need to click a button on the computer and your image is taken. The image is then displayed almost immediately on the computer screen with no need for development.
Benefits of Digital X-RaysDigital x-rays provide many significant benefits. These benefits include:
Thanks to digital x-ray technology, we can see the smallest details of your mouth, allowing for more accurate diagnoses and much more effective treatment plans. For more information about digital x-rays, call Platte Valley Dental Care at (816) 858-2027 today.