In order to provide our patients with the highest quality of dental services, we exclusively use digital radiographs (commonly referred to as X-rays) and an intraoral cameras in our office. Digital radiographs and intraoral images provide us with invaluable information about your oral conditions and dental health.
While all radiographic equipment does require some radiation exposure, our use of DEXIS digital intraoral sensors dramatically reduce the amount of radiation that is required. In fact, studies have shown that the amount of radiation needed for these sensors is not significantly higher than other “normal” sources of background radiation that we are exposed to on perhaps a daily basis, such as sun exposure and airplane travel.
X-rays work on a simple principle. The X-rays are stimulated and sent through the mouth. When these rays pass through, they are absorbed more by the bones in your mouth than the gums and other soft tissues, creating a picture of how the teeth inside your mouth are positioned, as well as any potential areas of weakness or decay in your teeth.
While this radiation is very low, we still recommended that pregnant women avoid any routine X-rays. However, pregnant women should avoid infections and are also more vulnerable to gum disease, so some limited X-rays may be prescribed. In that case proper precautions will be taken, such as using a lead apron, and the pregnant patient properly treated.
Our office also utilizes a 3D ready Sirona Digital Orthophos XG Panograph machine. This enables radiographs of the entire upper and lower jaws and surrounding anatomy. With the increased resolution and lower radiation exposure, this enables us to diagnose TMJ issues, wisdom teeth impactions, Orthodontic irregularity, missing teeth, eruption patterns in children, and a whole host of other conditions in our patients. With the DigiDoc intraoral camera technology we are able to enhance your understanding of the current condition of your oral cavity. An intraoral camera is a very small camera which allows our staff members to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth and gums. These images are saved in your file as a permanent record. These images can be printed for you or shared electronically with other specialists, dental labs and your insurance company to better facilitate your treatment.