Before X-rays, people used to have dental problems that went unnoticed until they became severe, causing pain, infection, or both. With digital X-rays at Ramona Dental Group in Ramona, California, you can feel confident that your dentist can spot any problems that may go undetected during a routine visual exam of your teeth. To schedule a dental cleaning and exam including digital X-rays, use the convenient online tool or call the practice.
Digital X-rays, or radiography, is a type of X-ray image that uses digital sensors instead of traditional photographic X-ray film. The sensors capture images of the teeth, gums, and other oral structures and present them on a computer screen. Digital X-rays are captured directly with an electronic sensor in your mouth or through traditional dental X-ray images converted into digital images with an X-ray film scanner.
Ramona Dental Group recommends X-rays every six months with your cleaning and dental exam, with a full series of X-rays taken every three years. If you are a candidate for dental implants or other oral surgery, the digital 3D CT scanner captures three-dimensional images of your jaw for pre-surgical treatment planning, precise implant placement, or to identify bone fractures.
Dental X-rays are part of your preventive care needs as they help the dentist diagnose underlying oral issues they can’t see during a regular exam. There are two types of X-rays, extraoral X-rays and intraoral X-rays.
Extraoral X-rays are taken from outside the mouth and can detect impacted teeth, problems between the teeth or in the jaw, diagnose temporomandibular joints (TMJ) or other facial bone problems. Intraoral X-rays are taken inside the mouth and are used to identify problems with individual teeth.
An X-ray helps spot problems before they become painful, infected, or more costly to fix, including:
Digital X-rays can also assist your dentist in planning for root canal treatments and dental implants. For children and adolescents with developing teeth, X-rays also give dentists a look under the gums to check on the progress of tooth development.
Digital X-rays use very little radiation and are considered safe for children and adults. The benefits of X-rays outweigh the small amount of radiation. Wearing protective lead aprons during the photographing of your teeth increases the safety of digital X-rays.
The Ramona Dental Group uses digital X-rays as part of its preventive and diagnostic dental services. If it’s been six months or more since you’ve had a dental cleaning and exam, or you’re experiencing dental problems, call the practice or use the convenient online form to book an appointment today.