Low-Dose Digital X-Rays

Low-Dose Digital X-Rays from AMK Dental Clinic

By: AMK Dental Clinic  07-Aug-2012
Keywords: Cosmetic Dentist, Crowns and Bridges, Digital X-Ray

Digital x-rays use 90% less radiation than standard dental radiographs. They appear almost instantaneously on the computer screen, and are more efficient and convenient than conventional x-rays taken in radiology suites. Digital x-rays allow us to identify and diagnose any problems at the time of your appointment. Why take X-rays? Dental x-rays or radiographs are very important adjuncts to your oral examination. They allow us to detect potential issues regarding your oral health that cannot be seen by the naked eye. These issues range from cysts (sacks of fluid that form on the roots of teeth), cancerous and non-cancerous growths in the surrounding tissues, decay occurring between teeth, abscesses occurring in the jaw, and the location of teeth that haven't fully erupted. By using diagnostic x-rays, we can help save you potential discomfort and money in the long run from surgery or extended treatment. In some cases, where dental x-rays show the location of tumerous growths, x-rays can even save lives. We use “small film” x-rays to look for decay that can occur between teeth. We are also able to look at the underlying root and bone structure surrounding your teeth. We may suggest you have an OPG or “full mouth” x-ray to look at all the teeth in the mouth and surrounding hard tissues. It is recommended to have an OPG x-ray taken every 5 to 10 years to look for any undetected abnormalities present within the bone of your jaw. Are dental x-rays safe? At AMK Dental Clinic we use digital x-rays. These use less than half the radiation used by conventional x-ray machines and are very safe. The amount of radiation you now receive taking a set of small film dental x-rays would be less than the radiation dose you would receive from the sun on a flight from Sydney to Melbourne. A full mouth or OPG x-ray uses a little more radiation but is also digital. The radiation dose incurred by an OPG x-ray is low when compared to the total background radiation you receive from the sun on a daily basis. If you compare that with risks to your health from undetected disease then the risk is negligible.

Keywords: Breakfast Point Dentist, Concord Dentist, Cosmetic Dentist, Crowns and Bridges, Dental X-Ray, Digital X-Ray, Low Dose X-Ray,

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