Digital X-rays can save you the time and money of waiting for a dental complication to cause symptoms before you can detect it. At Goodman & Rosenberg Dentistry in Pleasantville, New Jersey, Paul H. Goodman, DDS, and Jay L. Rosenberg, DDS, use low-radiation digital X-ray imaging to diagnose complications and plan effective treatments. To get a diagnostic or preventive digital X-ray, call Goodman & Rosenberg Dentistry or book an appointment online today.
A digital X-ray is an imaging procedure that allows your dentist and his team to locate damage and decay within your tooth and jaw. It also allows them to see structural anomalies that aren’t visible in your smile from the outside, like impacted teeth that haven’t emerged above your gum line.
During your digital X-ray at Goodman & Rosenberg Dentistry, the team places a small electronic sensor in your mouth. This sensor captures black and white images of your teeth and bones by emitting radiation, which different tissue types either reflect or absorb.
Your teeth and bones appear bright white because the calcium within them absorbs the radiation. Your soft tissues appear gray because they don’t absorb as much of the radiation. Your dentist and his team can easily manipulate and share your images because they appear on a computer screen instead of a sheet of film.
Digital X-rays are a valuable tool for diagnosing oral health conditions and complications. Your dentist and his team also use digital X-rays to plan certain treatments and predict possible complications that might arise during them. With the help of digital X-rays, they can give you an accurate diagnosis and plan your treatment effectively.
Digital X-ray imaging can help your dentist and his team diagnose or treat:
Without digital X-rays, you might go for a long time without knowing issues like these exist. Digital X-rays may be an option for you as part of some of your six-month preventive exam appointments.
Some people hesitate to undergo X-ray imaging because of the radiation, which can be harmful to your health in large amounts. Digital X-rays are safer than traditional dental X-rays because they take less time and emit less radiation. In fact, research shows that digital X-rays expose you to up to 90% less radiation than traditional X-rays using film.
While the amount of radiation from your digital X-ray is low, the team at Goodman & Rosenberg Dentistry takes extra steps to limit your exposure. You’ll wear a lead apron to shield other parts of your body from the radiation. They also only recommend getting X-rays incrementally to limit your exposure.
To find out if a digital X-ray is a necessary part of your next dental exam, call Goodman & Rosenberg Dentistry or book an appointment online today.