Taking care of your mouth is essential for keeping it healthy and happy. A big part of maintaining optimal oral health is your daily care at home. In addition to brushing and flossing, professional care is needed. Dental exams serve a couple of purposes. Routine dental exams, performed every six months, allow us to check your mouth for signs of issues before they become serious. Exams also help to pinpoint the cause of specific symptoms so that you can get the treatment you need. Part of your exam involves a visual inspection of your mouth. However, there is only so much that can be seen with the naked eye. At Sylvan Heights Dental, we can get a complete picture of your mouth with digital radiography.
Why are X-Rays Important?
While there are many issues, we can spot just by looking at your mouth; there are many issues that are not readily apparent. X-rays are images that allow us to see the hidden areas of your mouth, including the spaces between your teeth and the areas below your gum line. X-rays can show us:
X-rays have been around for many years. Traditionally, these essential images were taken using radiation. While they can produce good images, X-rays taken with radiation require time to develop. They also need to be developed in a separate darkroom. This takes time away from your appointment. Additionally, many patients express concerns over the use of radiation and their health.
Today, X-rays are taken using digital technology. We place an electronic sensor in your mouth and position it to take the necessary images. The sensor is attached to a computer. We simply push a button, and the images we take are displayed almost immediately on the computer monitor. There is no need to develop the images or even leave the room.
Benefits of Digital Radiography
There are many benefits associated with digital radiography.
Digital radiography shows us the hidden areas of your mouth, allowing us to more accurately diagnose oral health issues so that we can provide you with the best treatment possible. Call Sylvan Heights Dental today at (503) 388-5882 to learn more.