MCDC prides itself on using the most advanced dental technology possible and most up-to-date treatment techniques. Because we are dedicated to providing the safest and most convenient treatment options available, MCDC utilizes advanced digital X-ray technology in our dental centers. Digital X-rays provide several advanced imaging options designed to save time, provide clearer dental photos, and expose patients to less radiation than traditional X-ray technology.
Why are Digital Dental X-Rays important?
X-rays are key in revealing issues not visible to the naked eye. Early detection of an issue can help save you time, money, discomfort, and even your teeth! That’s why full mouth x-rays should be taken every three to five years. Bite-wing x-rays, which are the top and bottom teeth biting together, are usually taken once a year. Additional x-rays may be recommended depending on your individual needs.
Benefits of Digital Dental X-Rays
One benefit of digital x-rays is that the radiation exposure is extremely minimal — in fact it’s much less than your average daily exposure. We’ll also take any extra necessary precautions to limit your radiation exposure, such as placing a lead-lined jacket on you. Another benefit of digital x-rays is that they can be taken relatively quickly, freeing up our time to focus on caring for you. If you need x-rays, we generally do those first during your appointment. This way, the hygienist and/or dentist can review them, speak with you about any concerns, and suggest options for treatment.
What can X-Rays uncover?
- Abscesses or cysts
- Bone loss
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
- Decay between teeth
- Developmental abnormalities
- Poor tooth and root positions
- Problems inside a tooth
- Issues below the gum line