The digital x-ray system is a modern method of taking x-rays. There are many advantages to take x-rays:
The conventional way to take x-rays took 5 to 10 minutes to develop, as well as time to reposition the camera. Digital x-rays take only seconds to appear on the computer screen. This makes it very easy to magnify the picture and to show you, the patient, exactly what we are seeing. We are also able to store the images on the computer, thus minimizing the need to retake x-rays. Digital x-rays use up to 90% reduction in radiation compared to film-based Xray procedures used in the past.
X-rays: Yes or No?
In reality dental X-rays are much safer than walking outside in a rare Vancouver sunny day!
While some patients may be concerned about potential risks from too much exposure to radiation, x-rays (radiographs) are a necessary part of the dental health process and are safe when performed following standard guidelines for radiology.
Radiographs allow dentists to see and interpret signs of disease or potential problems that are not visible through direct observation. Digital x-rays are used to discover abscesses (pus-pockets), cysts and tumors. They help dentists locate impacted, unerupted or extra teeth and determine congenitally missing teeth. Radiographs demonstrate the presence or degree of periodontal (gum) disease. And digital x-rays pinpoint the location and severity of cavities that are not visible to the naked eye. Basically, radiographs provide a view of the underlying structure and condition of teeth, soft tissue and bone. Foregoing x-rays could result in an inaccurate diagnosis or incomplete treatment.
Usually, new adult patients will be given a full series of x-rays that serve as a frame of reference for future changes. The time frame between x-rays, the type of x-rays and number of follow-up x-rays will be determined by your dentist’s assessment of your needs and the condition of your mouth. Growth and development are additional factors taken into account with young children.