X-rays can play a very important part in your treatment. Our dentist can use X-rays to locate problems with the development of your smile, decay between your teeth, issues with your tooth’s roots and a loss of bone in your jaw. They can also be used to find cysts, tumors or abscesses and even infections in your smile. We may even use X-rays during your regular visits to track any changes or developing problems in your teeth. They can also be used before such treatments as a root canal, Invisalign® aligners or for placing a filling. X-rays are also valuable tools in when preparing for dental implants.
At Kathy Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Kathy Daroee uses digital X-rays in Woodland Hills, California. Digital X-rays have a number of advantages over traditional X-rays. They expose you to much less radiation and can be instantly viewed by you and Dr. Daroee. They are easy to store and can be used to see how your smile has changed over time. They can also be easily sent to consulting dentists or to your insurance company if they are needed to file your claim. They do not require chemicals to develop, making them an environmentally friendly choice. Call 818-347-1550 today to schedule an appointment.
Digital X-Rays FAQ
How do digital X-rays work?
Digital X-rays work to capture images of your teeth and supporting structures by using a digital sensor. The images are then transmitted instantly to a nearby monitor where our dentist can view them in detail to make an efficient and accurate diagnosis. This entire process is quick and comfortable.
Are digital X-rays safe for use?
Absolutely! Digital X-rays produce up to 90% less radiation than film X-rays. In fact, you are exposed to less radiation with dental X-rays than you are in your day-to-day life in the sun, and advances in technology continue to make X-rays even safer for use. Additionally, federal law requires that every X-ray machine be checked for safety and accuracy every two years. You can be certain that digital X-rays are a safe and effective tool for your entire family.
When will my dentist take digital X-rays?
X-rays are typically taken annually as part of your regular dental exams. Our dentist may also take an X-ray to diagnose a potential problem in your mouth, such as:
- Tooth decay
- Improper tooth root positioning
- Cysts, abscesses and tumors
- Infection in the tooth nerves
- Bone loss
- Fractures and other tooth damage
- Developmental abnormalities
Digital X-rays are also used in treatment planning to ensure the best possible results, including planning for oral surgery procedures, root canal treatment, dental implant placement and orthodontic care.