Dental x-rays are a necessary and helpful way for your dentist to determine whether or not your teeth and gums are healthy, or suffering from disease. Over the years, dentistry has undergone numerous important changes, thanks to technology. Today digital x-rays provide dentists with a safe and effective way to diagnose such conditions as decay, cysts, bone loss, and tooth trauma. Using 80 percent less radiation, digital x-rays make early and accurate diagnosis all the more easier.

Sometimes referred to as digital radiographs, digital x-rays have taken the place of traditional film-based dental x-rays in recent years. In fact, digital x-rays are considered one of the most important advances in dental technology to date. This development has allowed Dr. Annette Van Natta to help patients achieve their optimal oral health in a safer, faster, and more effective manner than ever before. Often used during the initial examination, digital x-rays are performed by placing a small sensor inside the mouth, which is very different from the traditional paper tabs that many people associate dental x-rays with. The sensor then sends detailed images to a computer immediately, allowing Dr. Van Natta to have a clear picture of what is going on inside your mouth as you are sitting there in the chair.

What Are the Benefits of Digital X-Rays?

There are many reasons why digital x-rays are considered much better than traditional dental x-rays. As mentioned above, they limit patient radiation exposure, as they have up to 80 percent less radiation than traditional x-rays. Furthermore, digital x-rays produce immediate results, providing your dentist with the information they need right then and there to determine whether your teeth and gums are healthy, or in need of additional treatment. Here is a look at a few more benefits of digital x-rays:

  • Instant and accurate results
  • Less time spent in the dentist chair
  • Better images (with digital x-rays, the images can be sharpened, enlarged, and
    optimized to provide your dentist with accurate and detailed views of your
    teeth and gums)
  • Less radiation
  • Less impact on the environment (digital x-rays eliminate the need for added materials
    as well as chemical waste associate with traditional x-rays)

These are just a few of the reasons why digital x-rays are the preferred method for Dr. Annette Van Natta.

What to Expect

Digital x-rays are done at the request of Dr. Van Natta, depending on the patient and his or her oral health and dental history. Digital x-rays provide highly advanced, in-depth images of hard-to-see areas and conditions. Some of the conditions digital x-rays are most commonly used to pinpoint include:

  • Tooth decay
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Gum (periodontal) disease
  • Secondary decay (typically around fillings and crowns)
  • Worn teeth
  • Abscess Teeth or Infection

Keep in mind that the above list is far from exhaustive and just a few examples of how digital x-rays are used today. One of the most common questions we are asked is, “do I really need dental x-rays?” As mentioned above, digital x-rays are ordered under the discretion of Dr. Van Natta and are only done so in order to provide the patient with more information and the right treatment plan. If you have any questions about what to expect when undergoing a digital x-ray at your dentist, please do not hesitate to ask. It is our intention to provide you with as much information you need in order to better understand the service in which you are receiving.