At Sabeti Cosmetic Dentistry, we use digital radiography to help detect, monitor, diagnose, and treat dental diseases and oral issues.
Digital radiography is a type of x-ray imaging that uses digital sensors instead of photographic films to produce enhanced dental images on the screen. Digital radiographs provide a lot of benefits over traditional x-rays. The ADA encourages dentists to discuss dental treatments with their patients, including the need for-rays so that they can make informed decisions.
Types of Digital X-Rays
Digital x-rays can be divided into two categories based on how they are taken:
Intraoral x-rays are the most common types of x-rays taken in dentistry. These radiographs are taken by placing an x-ray film inside your mouth. These x-rays offer a lot of details and enable us to effectively find small cavities, check the health of the tooth root and the surrounding bone structure and monitor the general health of your jaw. Some of the most common types of intraoral x-rays are bitewing, periapical, and occlusal x-rays.
Extraoral x-rays are taken from outside the mouth. The main focus of these x-rays is your jaw and the skull rather than the teeth. These x-rays do not provide the minute details used to detect cavities or infections in the mouth. Instead, they are used to check for impacted teeth, the state of your bite, the health of the temporomandibular joint and the development of the jaw with respect to your teeth. It also checks for problems in your facial bones. Some common types of extraoral x-rays include panoramic x-rays, cephalometric projections, cone-beam computed tomography, and standard computed tomography.
Benefits of Digital Radiography
Digital radiography offers many benefits as compared to traditional x-rays.
Better Image Quality
The standard one-size image of an x-ray can make it difficult to detect and diagnose oral conditions. Fortunately, digital radiography can be viewed on the computer and can help you enhance and enlarge your image so that we can better study your dental conditions.
Digital radiographs also allow you to adjust the colors, brightness, and contrast of the x-ray imaging which enables you to see smaller cavities and oral lesions more easily.
With the help of digital radiographs, you can more easily see hidden cavities between teeth, cysts, abscess, lesions, tumors, and other developmental abnormalities that cannot be detected with the naked eye.
Digital radiography plates are much more sensitive to radiation; hence, taking digital x-rays involves subjecting patients to significantly lower levels of radiation. Digital x-ray equipment emits 70 to 90 percent less radiation than their traditional counterparts.
Although conventional x-rays are also relatively safe, digital x-rays are so much better. It is considered safe to use a few times on pregnant women and babies. We at Sabeti Cosmetic Dentistry adhere to the ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) principle to ensure radiation safety.
Transferring/Storing Dental Records
Digital x-rays are viewed on computer screens. This makes it easy for us to email them to dental labs or to other dentists. We will also email you the images so that you can view them at home or get a second opinion if needed. These digital images also do not require large spaces to store them. Instead, they take up relatively little space on your computer database. As more and more dentists turn towards digital radiography, computers may eliminate the need for physical dental records.
Since these x-rays are not developed in chemical films, they are better for the environment. These chemicals emit toxic fumes that are dangerous to anyone who comes in contact with them. Additionally, digital radiographs require no space to develop them in dark rooms.
This eliminates the need for disposal of lead foil and hazardous chemicals and offers a greener alternative.
At Sabeti Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Shohreh Sabeti only recommend dental x-rays when they are absolutely medically necessary. When considering digital x-rays, we take into account your dental exam, risk of disease, age, and other factors.
If you are a new patient, we may recommend digital radiographs to determine the present health of your mouth. This can be used as a benchmark to assess any changes that may occur later in your mouth.
To schedule an appointment with us, call us at (310) 707-1577 today.