Digital X-Rays

X-rays provide the dentist and hygienist a precise image of your teeth and bones, which may not be visible at the time of your examination. They are an important tool to detect any concerns that could go undetected.

What once required film to produce dental x-rays has been replaced by the digitization of our industry. These digital pictures provide a superior image to film, and do not require the use of radiography. Although traditional x-rays distribute safe amounts of radiation, many patients are happy technology has advanced to the dental field. While we still have the equipment, and occasionally must use the traditional method, the overwhelming use of digital technology is the preferred method by patients and staff.

The process of digital x-rays is similar to how your smartphone takes pictures. The electronics within the device stores the images and are transferred to a computer and program that generate a visible image. These images can be enlarged to take an in-depth look at any minute details that even the traditional x-rays may not have been able to produce.

What will these digital images reveal?

In addition to picking up decay of a tooth or teeth, these digital images will also reveal problems that may exist within a tooth, or under the gum line where the human eye cannot see.

Additionally:

  • Shifting or poorly aligned tooth root positioning on the jawbone
  • Decay that may exist between teeth or between teeth and appliances
  • Bone loss that may be occurring
  • Tumors — benign or malignant
  • Any other dental abnormalities of which you may not be aware

Remember the importance of timely 6 month exams. Finding and treating problems in the early part of their manifestation can surely cause you to avoid loss of money, pain and discomfort, and of course loss of teeth.

Are X-Rays Safe?

Everyone involved in the x-ray process are highly trained professionals, both digital and traditional radiographic x-rays. While both radiographic and digital produce safe amounts of radiation, the digital method produces far less radiation than do the traditional style. They are perfectly safe.

Even though digital x-rays are extremely safe, we take your health seriously. We shield your body with a lead apron just as was used in the traditional process.

In addition to being better for our patients, digital x-rays are green technology. The traditional x-rays required film and chemicals to develop the images, whereas digital images don’t require anything but a computer. Disposing of harmful materials into the environment is no longer an issue, promoting a better living environment.

Do I really need dental x-rays every 6 months?

Candidly, the answer is yes and no. We require a complete set of x-rays for all of our new patients. A full set of mouth x-rays are usually good for approximately 5-6 years. Additionally, we make recommendations for additional x-rays based on the dental exam, patient history, any obvious conditions, risk of disease and age.

As for every half-year, we may take bite wing images (these are images of your teeth in a biting down position where top and bottom teeth meet). We may not need x-rays at each semi-annual check-up visits, depending if existing or new issues are detected.

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Dr. Joel Moskowitz, DMD
The Dental Center
28 Bowling Green Parkway
Suite 6
Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849

tel: (973) 663-4220
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email: jmmdmd@msn.com

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