At the Dental Spa we utilize digital x-rays which provide the highest quality images for the lowest possible radiation. We are also fortunate to be able to provide a digital panoramic radiograph, as well as 3D Cone Beam CT. These images can be used to visualize the position of wisdom teeth, check for abnormalities, digitally plan dental implants, and much more!
When X-rays pass through your mouth during a dental exam, more X-rays are absorbed by the denser parts (such as teeth and bone) than by soft tissues (such as cheeks and gums) before striking the sensor. This creates an image on the radiograph. Teeth appear lighter because fewer X-rays penetrate to reach the film. Cavities and gum disease appear darker because of more X-ray penetration. The interpretation of these radiographs allows us to safely and accurately detect hidden abnormalities.
How often dental X-rays (radiographs) should be taken depends on the patient`s individual health needs. It is important to recognize that just as each patient is different from the next, so should the scheduling of X-ray exams be individualized for each patient. Your medical and dental history will be reviewed and your mouth examined before a decision is made to take X-rays of your teeth. The schedule for needing radiographs at recall visits varies according to your age, risk for disease and signs and symptoms. Recent films may be needed to detect new cavities, or to determine the status of gum disease or for evaluation of growth and development. Patient health is our priority and we always strive to follow the principles of ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) when prescribing radiographs.