What Can a Digital X Ray Capture?
Digital X-rays allow dentists to spot tooth decay and other issues that can affect your oral health. Our San Jose, CA, dentists, Dr. Nidhi Sikka and Dr. Mona Chattha, discuss digital X Rays and explain how you can benefit from them.
What are digital X-rays?
Digital X-rays offer immediate results, unlike traditional X-rays that can't be viewed until the X-ray film is processed. Thanks to advancements in digital technology, there's no longer a need for film. The digital X-ray process involves placing small sensors against your teeth, which transmit X-ray images to a digital screen.
What types of dental problems can be detected with digital X-rays?
- Digital X-rays reveal:
- Tooth decay between teeth and under fillings and crowns
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Bone infections and bone loss
- Cysts, abscesses and tumors
- Gum disease
- Injuries to tooth roots
- Developmental abnormalities
What are the benefits of digital X-rays?
In addition to decreasing the time it takes to obtain results, digital dental X-rays offer several other important advantages, including:
Improved Image Quality: X-ray images can be enlarged and contrast settings can be modified to allow dentists to clearly see the structures in your mouth and identify changes that could signal a problem.
Reduction in Radiation Exposure: Although traditional dental X-rays don't produce high levels of radiation, it's important to keep your overall radiation exposure level from medical and dental tests as low as possible. Digital X-rays significantly reduce radiation exposure when compared to traditional X-rays.
Comfort and Convenience: Because you don't have to wait for your films to be developed, you'll spend less time at our San Jose office. Should you need to a visit a dental specialist, such as a periodontist or endodontist, you'll no longer need to stop by the dental office to pick up a copy of your X-rays. Digital X-rays can be sent electronically to other providers in seconds. Some patients also find digital sensors much more comfortable.
Environmental Benefits: Since digital X-rays aren't developed like traditional X-rays, there's no longer a need for processing chemicals.
Protect your smile with regular examinations and digital dental X-rays. Is it time for your next check up? Call our San Jose, CA, dentists, Dr. Sikka and Dr. Chattha, at (408) 259-1280 to schedule an appointment.