Dentists use x-rays for the same reason as medical doctors – to get a detailed view of hidden structures of your mouth to provide appropriate treatment.
Using x-rays, we can find cavities, infection, and bone loss because of severe gum disease. X-rays are an invaluable diagnostic tool because they allow us to identify these problems with your teeth long before they cause any discomfort.
We know that some patients have concerns about radiation exposure with x-rays. That is why at Smile Practice Family Dentistry we use state-of-the-art digital x-rays. Traditional x-rays were helpful, but digital x-rays take the process to a whole new level.
First, digital x-rays produce highly detailed images that enable us to see the tiniest details of your teeth. We can display these images on your chairside monitor, and Dr. Gonzalez can manipulate them so you can easily see what the problem is and why treatment is necessary.
Digital x-rays are faster and more comfortable because we use flat digital sensors instead of bulky x-ray films to produce a high-quality image. Since no hazardous chemicals are needed, digital x-rays are safer for the environment than traditional x-rays.
However, the most significant benefit of digital x-rays is that they expose you to about 80 percent less radiation than film x-rays.
We offer lots of great technology at our Tamarac, FL dental office and would be happy to show you how it benefits you. Please call us to arrange your next appointment.