Digital X-rays have made it easier for patients to receive the dental care they need and have improved how dental care is provided. They are a safer and more efficient alternative to conventional X-rays since they limit your exposure to radiation by nearly 90%.
Dr. Best at Marlayna C. Best DMD in Andover, New Jersey and Best Dental Care NJ in Newton, New Jersey, understands your need for peace of mind during dental treatments and hence offers dental digital X-Rays as part of the many general and family dentistry services she offers.
What Problems Do Digital X-Rays Help Detect?
- Jawbone loss
- Tooth decay
- Cysts and tumors
- Changes in root or bone caused by infection
- Tooth abscesses
- Position of the teeth to help with the placement of implants, dentures, and braces.
What Are the Different Types of Dental X-Rays?
There are two types of dental X-rays used in dentistry - intraoral and extraoral scans.
Types of Intraoral X-rays
- Periapical X-rays: These scans offer images of each tooth, from the crown to the root. They help detect changes in the root and surrounding bone structures.
- Bitewing X-rays: These scans offer images of your bite, from the crown of the tooth to the bone supporting it.
- Occlusal X-rays: These scans help identify the development and placement of your teeth on the upper and lower jaws.
Types of Extraoral X-rays
- Tomograms: These digital X-rays detect particular areas of your teeth covered or blocked by other structures.
- Panoramic X-rays: These scans show an entire area of the mouth in a single X-ray. Teeth in the upper and lower jaws and emerging or impacted teeth can be seen on panoramic X-rays.
- Sialogram: These scans involve injecting a dye into the salivary glands to see them on the X-ray.
Advantages of Digital X-Rays
- Low radiation:Digital X-rays emit 80% - 90% less radiation compared to traditional X-rays.
- Higher-quality images:They offer higher-quality images than traditional X-rays and allow dentists to provide better care.
- Environmentally-conscious: Digital X-rays don’t use chemicals to render the required images.
Digital X-rays are a recent addition to dentistry that can reduce dental treatment times and increase their effectiveness.
To learn more about digital X-rays, schedule a consultation with Dr. Marlayna Best at one of our offices in Newton or Andover, New Jersey. Call us at (973) 383-5700 or (973) 786-5588, request an appointment online, or visit our offices for further assistance.
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