X-rays are integral to any dental health examination, and dentists use them for both diagnosis of dental problems and for prevention. Winston Churchill Dental uses digital x-ray for safety and speed of imaging.
How are dental x-rays used?
Dental x-rays are used to examine the mouth and teeth for cavities, root health, and bone health around the teeth and jaw. After covering you with a lead apron, we place a small plastic piece with x-ray film in your mouth, which you bite down on to hold it in place. We then take the x-ray picture, which takes only a few seconds. Our technicians repeat this procedure a few times, depending on how many areas of your mouth we need to examine. X-rays are used for children to make sure their bite is correct and emerging teeth are developing properly. We also use X-rays when planning implant surgery or orthodontics.
What are the advantages of digital x-ray?
A digital x-ray uses 70% less radiation than traditional film x-rays. Furthermore, with digital radiography, we can immediately view your x-rays without delay on the monitor in our examination room. Because they are digital, we can also archive them with the ability to send the x-ray to another health care practitioner for treatment collaboration if necessary.