It’s likely that you’ve had x-rays taken at the dentist’s office before, but you may have wondered why they were necessary. At Advanced Dental of Westport, CT, they are very helpful to your dentist for learning more about the health of your teeth and gums. We are proud to utilize technology that allows us to take digital x-rays at our dental office near you in Westport, CT.
Like traditional x-rays, digital x-rays take images that show the structures below the skin and gums. While traditional x-rays develop the images onto film, however, digital images can be directly stored and viewed on a computer.
Digital x-rays offer several advantages over traditional x-rays. First, they emit a considerably lower amount of radiation. (Traditional x-rays produce a very low level of radiation and are therefore fairly harmless, but digital x-rays produce even less.) This is both safer for patients and can offer some peace of mind to patients who are concerned about this issue. Additionally, digital images are more easily stored and viewed. They are easier to magnify to give your dentist at Advanced Dental of Westport, CT a closer look at potential problem areas in the mouth. Finally, digital x-rays are better for the environment, since they do not require the use of film or chemicals to develop images.
Your dentist will view the x-rays taken to make sure that nothing is overlooked. An exam consisting of a visual check and even a check with gloved hands can still miss issues that lie beneath the gums. Digital x-rays can be helpful for locating:
With most issues, it is better to detect them sooner rather than later in order to have them treated before they get worse. If specialized treatment is needed, digital images are easily shared with another dentist.
X-rays are usually taken once a year at our dental office near you in Westport, CT. They are a great tool for the team at Advanced Dental of Westport, CT to help you maintain your oral health.