Dental x-rays are a primary tool for early identification of dental problems. Your A Smiling Heart Dentistry dentist can detect issues with x-rays before they become a problem, saving you money in the long run by preventing the need for more expensive procedures or surgeries. X-rays are primarily used to detect internal tooth decay, cysts (fluid-filled sacs at the base of your teeth), tumors, impacted teeth, and teeth that are still erupting. A Smiling Heart Dentistry uses digital x-rays for lower radiation and thyroid collars for better protection.
Prevention Beats a Cure
When it comes to any medical or dental issue, it is far better to prevent something bad from happening than to let something bad happen and try to fix it after the fact. That’s why we are so adamant about brushing and flossing; they work tremendously well in the fight against decay and other oral maladies. We also do a lot to try to prevent cavities in your teeth during your biannual checkups.
When you come into our office for your cleaning and examination, we will make sure that there are no areas of your smile that you may be missing with brushing and flossing. Typically, we only run one set of X-rays per year unless something has developed since the last time we saw you. X-rays help us to see your teeth in much higher detail than we would be able to with our naked eye.
Using X-rays, we can catch the beginning formations of cavities and alert you to their presence so that you can pay extra attention to those areas. Often, if we catch cavities in their earliest stages and you pay extra close attention to them they will never get a chance to form fully and you won’t need to have a filling placed.
Technology has advanced so fast in the past few decades, and the dental industry has benefited greatly from it. Traditional X-rays use a good deal of radiation to see into the skeletal structures of your body. With digital X-rays we use only one-fifth of the radiation that a traditional X-ray requires, with much more impressive imaging. Digital X-rays give us a higher resolution (high definition) image of your mouth immediately. We no longer have to wait for the film of a traditional X-ray to develop.
Trying to explain to you exactly where something is in your mouth can be a bit difficult, and a lot can be lost in translation. With digital X-rays, we can show you the X-rays we take almost immediately on a computer screen. This helps you to understand exactly what we are talking about and where it is in your mouth.
We care about your oral health and want to help you keep your teeth happy and healthy for as long as possible. Digital X-rays help us to provide you with high-quality service.
Please call us today at (425) 532-3200 to schedule an appointment.