How Dental X-Rays Work Diagnosing & Treating Dental Problems

dentist shows a female patient her digital dental x-ray

Most of the time, your teeth will receive an x-ray during your dental appointment. X-rays are an essential part of diagnosing and treating dental problems.

What Are Dental X-Rays?

Dental x-rays are images that show the interior of your teeth and jaws. They are made with a sensor that will capture the image of your teeth and jaw. Dentists use these images to diagnose and treat any problems.

Are Digital X-Rays Better Than Conventional X-Rays?

At Parkside Family Dental, we use digital x-rays. There are a few advantages that digital x-rays have over conventional x-rays. The first benefit is that digital x-rays have a significantly lower amount of radiation. It can have up to 90 percent lower levels of radiation compared to conventional x-rays.

Digital x-rays take less time to produce. We can often get x-rays done in a matter of seconds. Conventional x-rays can take more time to develop and lead to a longer appointment.

Digital x-rays are also easier to adjust. Our dental team can magnify areas of concern for a more straightforward diagnosis. We can also share these images with you on a screen to explain your oral health.

If you ever need your x-rays sent to another specialist, it’s far easier to do that with digital x-rays. Digital x-rays are sent by email instead of the snail mail route, which could impact your treatment time.

Why Are Dental X-Rays Necessary?

Dentists can only see what’s going on outside of your tooth and above the gum line. X-rays can reveal what’s going on inside your teeth and jaw for a better diagnosis. Dental x-rays can detect tooth root issues, cavities between teeth, or monitor wisdom teeth growth.

General Dentistry at Parkside Family Dental

Dental x-rays give the complete picture of your oral health. Our office uses digital x-rays because they are more efficient. If it’s time for your routine appointment or you have questions, give our team a call. We’re happy to help you have a healthy smile.

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