Digital X-Rays and Digital Imaging in Wilmington MA
Taking x-rays is still one of the best ways that we can diagnose conditions such as decay, cysts, bone loss, and tooth trauma. With the added convenience of digital x-rays, early and accurate diagnosis is better than ever
Why Are Digital X-Rays Better?
In addition to instant results with digital x-rays, they also have other benefits. We know that our patients want to limit radiation and digital x-rays have up to 80 percent less radiation than traditional x-rays. Dental x-rays have always been among the lowest radiation x-rays in medicine, but now with the latest technology, the amount is so small, you get more radiation just by being outside.
Additionally, because we view digital dental x-rays on the computer, Dr. Caselle can manipulate the images by zooming in or improving the contrast to see any conditions you may have. This means that we can diagnose and treat problems like decay early, saving you time and money.
Do I Really Need X-Rays?
At Smile Life Dental, we only take the images necessary for proper diagnosis and prevention, and the health benefits far outweigh the risks and cost of dental x-rays. Most insurance companies cover periodic x-rays. We usually take bitewing x-rays once yearly and full-mouth x-rays every five years.
If you have a lot of dentistry, a history of bone loss or decay, or if you have a dental emergency, we may need to take additional x-rays to ensure your health. We will explain this to you should the need arise.
If you do not have regular digital imaging, you run the risk of conditions such as decay, bone loss, and other abnormalities. While it may seem logical to avoid dentistry until something hurts, usually by the time that you have tooth pain, your condition is quite severe, costing you extra time and money and running the risk of tooth loss.
If you have questions about the necessity of dental x-rays, please let one of our team members know. We want you to feel comfortable and informed about all of your treatment.
Using the Intraoral Camera
An intraoral camera is a tool we use to help us share information with you about your dental conditions. An intraoral camera is a small camera, the size of a pen, which allows us to capture images in the small spaces of your mouth. Because you cannot see inside your own mouth, we can take a picture in order for you to see what we see. That way, when we discuss treatment, you know precisely why we make the recommendations we do. Some of the conditions you can see with an intraoral camera are:
- Cracked teeth
- Gum disease
- Secondary decay (around fillings and crowns)
- Worn or chipped teeth
- Broken down dentistry
If we see these conditions, we can snap a photograph and review it together.
Call Our Wilmington, MA Dental Office Today
If you have questions about digital imaging or it’s time for your next appointment, give us a call at our Wilmington dental office, and one of our helpful team members will assist you.