X-rays have been a mainstay in dental practices for decades, and for good reason – they are an important tool for dentists to diagnose and treat a wide range of conditions that can negatively impact your oral health. At Titus Dentistry in Middletown, IN, we have invested in the latest digital dental x-ray technology to increase the quality of care we are able to provide.
Why are x-rays necessary?
Many people have heard the phrase “the tip of the iceberg,” which refers to the fact that only a small portion of an iceberg is visible above the water, with the bulk of it submerged underwater. Your teeth are similar! A dentist can only see the outer portions of your teeth and gums, but there are several important underlying structures, including the inner contents of the teeth, their roots, and jawbone, that cannot be seen without x-rays or other imaging technologies. Dental x-rays are used to detect, diagnose, and treat issues such as:
- Decay or other issues due to gum disease
- Growths such as non-cancerous or cancerous tumors
- Bone loss
- Issues with tooth or bone development
If you are in active pain, we may recommend taking a tooth x-ray to determine the cause, and as part of our preventive care measures, we take full-mouth x-rays on a regular schedule to help detect problems at the earliest stage possible to save you time, money, and discomfort.
Benefits of digital x-rays
Digital dental x-rays have many benefits over traditional film x-rays. They reduce the amount of radiation that you are exposed to by up to 90 percent and provide instant results without the need for harmful waste or chemicals. In addition, the results are available digitally on the computer and the images are more precise and we can zoom in on specific areas of concern, enabling us to provide more accurate diagnoses. We can pull up your x-rays right next to the dental chair to show you what is occurring in your mouth and explain your options in-depth. In addition, patients find digital x-rays more comfortable.
To schedule your check-up or ask us your questions about digital dental x-rays, call Titus Dentistry today at (765) 358-5868!