Sometimes underlying issues present even though you have no pain. Dental x-rays are used to see below the surface and look for problems inside a tooth, evaluate bone levels to determine periodontal health, and to look for jaw joint degeneration due to chronic grinding or congenital malformation.
What is digital X-ray imaging?
Digital x-rays use less energy and therefore, less radiation, to deliver crisp, clean images in an instant. They are more environmentally friendly that standard films because they are computerized and require no chemicals to develop them. They are also more efficient because they instantly appear on-screen and don’t need to be developed. They are also stored electronically, reducing the waste in a paper chart and can be send via email to anyone, anywhere quickly and securely!
Why should I have digital x-rays?
Create a Detailed Medical History
To get a big-picture view of your dental health, x-rays may be taken to determine if there are any underlying, undiagnosed issues. This creates a baseline from which your dentist can create a customized plan of treatment.
Some issues that dental x-rays can find:
Tooth decay under existing fillings
Abscesses at the root of a tooth
Cavities between the teeth
Periodontal disease and other bone loss
Other cysts or abscesses
How do I know if I should have a digital X-ray image taken?
Everyone should have regular check-ups and dental x-rays because oral health can change over time. It is important to monitor your health using these x-rays on a regular basis because pain is not always an indicator of underlying disease.
If you are ready to consider having digital X-ray images taken, go ahead and give us a call at to set up an appointment. Our office is ready to help you maintain your mouth and oral health for years to come. Call us at (630) 571-2500 to make an appointment today!
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