When you visit a modern dentist, you can now get your X-ray results instantly, thanks to digital technology. Solomon Family Dentistry, with offices in Summerville and Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, uses advanced digital X-rays to take both panorex (full mouth) and highly detailed images. To benefit from these advanced systems, call the nearest office to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.
Digital X-rays are a fast and easy way of taking X-rays of your jaws and teeth. Traditional dental X-rays involve biting down on a plastic device fitted with an X-ray film, but with digital X-rays, your dentist puts a sensor that resembles a small section of film in your mouth instead.
The sensor enables your dentist to make adjustments to the X-ray image after taking it. By changing the brightness or contrast, they’re able to detect even the most minor areas of decay in your teeth.
Another advantage of digital X-rays is that they work instantly, whereas traditional X-rays need time to develop. By using digital X-rays, your or your child’s dentist at Solomon Family Dentistry can view your teeth straight away, so you get seamless care. Digital X-rays also reduce your exposure to ionizing radiation.
Digital X-rays are an invaluable tool as they enable your dentist to view the inside of your teeth, their roots, and your jawbone in exceptional detail.
With digital X-rays, your dentist can identify the first signs of damage, decay, or disease before it develops into a more serious problem. They can then offer you prompt treatment that saves you from the pain, expense, and inconvenience of dental disorders.
Some of the problems digital X-rays can detect include:
- Gum disease
- Impacted teeth
- Unerupted teeth
If you visit Solomon Family Dentistry because of a toothache, they use digital X-rays to locate the cause of your pain and formulate a treatment plan. If you need wisdom teeth extraction, digital X-rays show your provider what is necessary for a successful surgery.
If you’re a new patient, your dentist takes a complete set of digital X-rays. That helps them assess your oral health and is important for your dentist to use as a comparison at future appointments.
There are several types of digital X-rays, including:
Panoramic digital X-rays
A panoramic (panorex) digital X-ray takes a picture that includes the entire mouth and jaw. That helps your dentist analyze your mouth’s structure and how your teeth and jaws fit together.
Close-up digital X-rays
A close-up digital X-ray focuses on a specific part of your mouth in great detail. Your dentist can then detect the smallest problems, like a tiny spot of decay under a filling.
Digital X-rays and other technologies like 3D CBCT (cone-beam computed tomography) offer simple, painless, instant results that enable your dentist to provide exceptional oral health care.
To find out more, call Solomon Family Dentistry or book an appointment online today.