Radiography utilizes digital x-ray machines to take internal images of your jaw and mouth. Digital x-rays are much faster and emit 70% less radiation than film x-rays, while also providing better quality images with more detail and clearer resolution. For those who have to have many dental x-rays performed because of various mouth conditions, this dramatic decrease in radiation is a significant health benefit, and it is even more environmentally-friendly than traditional x-ray film and processing chemicals.
Digital x-rays can help identify and treat a wide variety of oral conditions including cavities, gum disease, infections, abscesses, bacterial growth, changes in bone density, impacted wisdom teeth, and infections or broken bones in the jaw. This up-to-date technology offers enhanced digital imaging to make identifying your condition and treating it appropriately a much faster, easier, and more streamlined process. For those who get routine annual cleanings and screenings for oral conditions, it is very likely that your dentist will be able to spot the early warning signs of any of these conditions and respond with the appropriate tests. If you suffer from any chronic mouth or jaw ailments, it is important to speak with your doctor or dentist, as even minor mouth conditions can be early warning signs for serious conditions in the future.
With clearer resolution than traditional film x-rays, radiography and digital x-rays are superior at identifying and diagnosing dental issues and problems in your mouth or jaw. Digital x-rays offer a much clearer resolution, allowing them to capture smaller details with more clarity, which can help your dentist or doctor identify infections, abscesses, lumps, or other skin conditions as early as possible. Our team of trained dental professionals use technology to help diagnose and treat your dental conditions with more expertise than ever before. With these massive technological developments available, it is important to contact your doctor if you suffer from any oral ailments that may be early warning signs of oral conditions, as most oral conditions are completely treatable with early treatment.
Beyond cavities and infections in the root of your tooth, digital x-rays can also help identify early signs of gum disease - a disease that can have a dramatic impact on the health of your entire body. The CDA and many other medical organizations cite gum disease and poor oral hygiene as a critical cause of serious heart disease, among other conditions. As such, it is important to practice good oral hygiene habits to protect your gums from such conditions. If you are experiencing pain, tenderness, sensitivity, or bleeding in your gums, gingivitis and other conditions may be a possible cause. Infections in the gums can also cause these ailments, so it is important to contact your dentist and get an oral exam as soon as possible. If your dentist suspects an infection or other damage to the jaw, teeth, or gums, a digital x-ray may be the best test to identify the specific area at risk.
On top of offering more detailed and accurate images of your jaw and mouth, digital x-ray imaging also provides a higher quality of care compared to traditional x-rays. Digital x-ray scans reduce patient radiation exposure by 70% or more. For patients who receive many x-rays over the course of damaging injuries or long-term conditions, this higher quality of care is very important. Not only does our up-to-date technology offer the best results, but it also reduces your exposure to radiation and the risks involved with that. Ultimately, we are dedicated to providing our patients with an exceptional quality of care.
If the quality of the x-ray images and the decreased exposure to radiation were not enough, digital imaging also saves a great deal of time and money. Rather than waiting long processing times for traditional x-rays, digital images are available instantly. The photography process is also much faster, and it is easier to re-take any images that were compromised based on movement or any other factor. Finally, digital images are instantly saved in digital format, rather than printed, which is both more eco-friendly, and convenient for doctors and dentists to transfer and share when a consult is necessary. Your images will not be lost or misplaced, and the backup system will ensure they are available to transfer anywhere in the world, if necessary. This simple modern innovation has made the imaging process much more efficient, convenient, and sustainable.
Since these digital files are saved and can be transferred instantly, annual check-ups and regular screenings can help your doctor and dentist track your long-term health. With yearly screenings, your dentist will be able to spot even the slightest changes and abnormalities on your scans, allowing them to identify and assess risks at the earliest possible time. Not only can this help diagnose diseases and conditions in their early stages, but it can help you be proactive and prevent these conditions with lifestyle changes, medication, or other procedures.
At Guelph Family Dentistry, we pride ourselves on being able to improve the quality of life of each individual patient. Oral screenings and digital x-rays are very important in identifying the early warning signs of a wide variety of serious conditions. Our team of trained professionals is well-equipped with up-to-date technology to help detect early warning signs of various conditions. We offer direct billing through insurance, so payment is never a hassle.
For more information, or to book an appointment for a digital x-ray screening, call one of our dental professionals at 519-265-5115 or contact us here.