Technology plays an essential role in the services we provide at Mann Family Dental, and one of the most valuable is digital dental x-rays.
When performing a routine visual exam, there’s a lot that Dr. Russell Mann can tell about the health of your smile. He looks for obvious problems like signs of decay on your teeth or inflamed gums that might indicate the presence of gum disease.
And while visual exams are essential, they’re limited by what we can see. However, many dental conditions start within the tooth or below the gums where we can't see them, and that is why digital x-rays are so valuable.
Types of Digital Imaging We Offer
All of our imaging is digital, but we have different types of equipment designed to perform various functions:
- Diagnostic x-rays – The digital images we take when trying to diagnose a particular problem are invaluable because they provide far greater detail than traditional film x-rays ever did. They allow us to detect and treat decay and gum disease long before we might find them with a visual exam. Early detection and treatment is the key to ensuring your mouth is always as healthy as it should be.
- Panoramic x-rays – Sometimes it’s most beneficial for us to see your entire mouth and jaw bone in a single x-ray. Just like a panoramic photo, this single image gives Dr. Mann a full view of your teeth, upper and lower jaws, and all supporting structures. Panoramic x-rays are extra-oral, which means they’re taken outside of the mouth, making them perfect for young children and adults with a strong gag reflex.
- 3-D cone beam imaging – Some procedures like dental implant placement and root canals require a detailed, three-dimensional scan that shows your teeth, soft tissues, bone, sinuses, and nerve pathways in a single image.
Other Advantages of Digital X-Rays
Overall, digital x-rays expose you to about 80 percent less radiation than film x-rays, but that’s not the only advantage. The digital sensors we use to capture images are smooth and comfortable in your mouth. The resulting high-definition images make you part of the process because we can show you what’s happening with your oral health. When you understand the need for treatment, you are empowered to make confident and informed decisions.
We store your x-rays digitally so we can share them with specialists or your insurance company as needed, and since there’s no hazardous waste to dispose of, digital x-rays are better for our environment.
Your Safety Is Important to Us
Many patients today have understandable concerns about their exposure to radiation with dental x-rays. Since x-rays are essential, it’s up to us to help you understand how they affect you.
Background radiation is all around us in the atmosphere. Four routine bitewing x-rays that are taken as part of your preventive exams expose you to less than a day’s worth of background radiation. Even so, your safety is important to us, and we take every precaution during x-rays like having you wear a lead apron. If you ever have any concerns about exposure, please don’t hesitate to let us know.
Please Call Us for An Appointment
The team at Mann Family Dental would love the opportunity to show you how state-of-the-art technology and high-quality dentistry can help you and your family enjoy optimal oral health. Please call us to arrange an appointment for your next exam and cleaning!