Dental & Digital X-Rays

Dental x-rays (radiographs) are an essential part of any dental care treatment plan. These x-rays are diagnostic, however they can also be preventative, since they help dentists diagnose any potential oral care issues in your mouth before they have the chance the become a major problem. X-rays can be taken both inside (intraoral) and outside (extraoral) of your mouth. Keep reading to learn even more about this dental procedure.

Digital X-Rays – Dr. Claudio Miro

Digital x-rays are the latest technology used to dental x-rays. There are different than traditional x-rays in many ways.

How They Are Different:

  • Uses an electronic sensor (instead of an x-ray film) to capture and store a digital image on a computer.
  • Digital images can be viewed instantly and enlarged.
  • Reduce radiation by 80-90% when compared to already low exposure of traditional x-rays.
Dental X-Rays – Dr. Claudio Miro

In order to catch any potential problems, it’s vital to get dental x-rays conducted by your dentist or dental hygienist every six months with your dental cleaning and exams.

These X-Rays Allow Dentists to:

  • Check for cavities and periodontal disease
  • Look at tooth roots and check the status of developing teeth
  • Monitor good oral health through prevention.

Dental and digital x-rays are a major part of catching and diagnosing dental problems.

Dental x-rays are one of the most useful diagnostic tools a dentist can use to detect damage and disease that can’t be seen during a regular dental exam. These x-rays show the condition of your teeth, their roots, your jaw placement, and the overall composition of your facial bones. To help you get an even further understanding of dental and digital x-rays, we answered some frequently asked questions below.

The two main types of dental x-rays are intraoral (taken inside the mouth) and extraoral (taken outside the mouth). Intraoral x-rays are the most common type of dental x-rays and provide a lot of details. Meanwhile extraoral x-rays show teeth, but their main focus is the jaw and skull. A combination of these two types of x-rays ensures that anywhere a possible problem might arise gets checked.

Our state-of-the-art-office utilizes the latest in dental x-ray technology, such as CT Scans. CT scans give our dentists 3 dimensional views of your teeth and their supporting structures. This type of dental x-ray is an extremely valuable tool that can help diagnose a wide variety of dental issues, problems, and abnormalities.

Dental x-rays are extremely safe. They require very low levels of radiation exposure, which makes the risk of potentially harmful effects extremely low. In fact, the amount of radiation you are exposed to during a dental x-ray is a little less than the amount of natural radiation you receive on a daily basis. Furthermore, there are a variety of dental x-ray tools and techniques (such as leaded aprons) used to limit the body’s exposure to radiation and every precaution is take to ensure that radiation exposure is as low as possible.

Before Your Dental X-Ray

Make sure you tell your dentist or dental hygienist about any specific concerns or questions that you might have regarding the procedure or specific dental issues. That way, your dentist can pay extra attention and provide you with insightful answers.

During Your Dental X-Ray

During your dental x-ray, a dental professional will cover you with a heavy lead apron to protect you from radiation. Then, you will bite down on a small apparatus to hold the x-ray film in place as the technician takes an x-ray picture of the targeted area.

After Your Dental X-Ray

After your dental x-ray is taken, your dentist will discuss with you their findings and give you any recommendations for further treatments as well as other prevention techniques.

Miro Dental Centers

Miro Dental Centers offers four convenient locations to better serve you! Give us a call if you have any questions or concerns about your dental health. Our goal is to give you a smile that you are proud of!

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