Digital X-Rays

 Digital X-rays

Along with a clinical evaluation, dental X-rays are an important diagnostic dental care service which is essential to check for cavities and other oral abnormalities that are not visible in the oral cavity. Dental x-rays are also necessary to evaluate the loss of bone surrounding the teeth, which will help to determine if gum disease is present.

Additionally, dental x-rays allow Dr. Appelbaum to check  the condition of prior dental procedures, such as fillings, crowns, root canals, and bridges to determine if any problems exist. Diagnosing problems early will help to minimize treatment needed and in turn will help to control your out of pocket expenses.

Our office uses the most up to date digital x-rays which greatly reduces radiation exposure, while providing greater comfort to our patients.

Did you know…

that radiation exposure is measured in mREM, and that the average person in the US  is exposed to about 360mREM per year just from naturally occurring background sources. Background radiation comes from outer space, the earth, natural materials and even other people. Flying cross country exposes a person to about 3-5mREM. The average digital dental x-ray delivers about 0.3mREM. Therefore, a full mouth set of x-rays delivers about 5.4mREM. Depending on your oral health, full mouth set of x-rays are taken every three to five years. To equal the amount of radiation the average person picks up from naturally occurring background sources each year, the dentist would have to take 950 digital x-rays.

What are Digital Dental X-Rays?

The main difference between digital and traditional x-rays is the film and processing time. Digital dental X-rays use a sensor which is placed in your mouth to capture the image. The image will immediately appear on a computer screen so Dr. Appelbaum can assess and diagnose instantaneously.

Digital Dental X-Rays – A Great Advance

Many dentists are now using digital dental X-rays, which have many benefits for you, as the patient. Some of the many benefits for you, are:

  • The exposure time necessary to capture the image is cut in half.
  • Since the sensors are smaller with rounded corners they are more comfortable.
  • There is no need for dental film or processing chemicals in order for your dentist to be able to see the images.
  • The x-ray images appear instantaneously.
  • Dr. Appelbaum is able to use color contrast in viewing and manipulating the X-ray image, in order to see all of the details in the image.

The benefits of digital x-rays are immense, the process is simple and painless, and you’ll be able to see the images when Dr. Appelbaum reviews them with you.

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