Generally, it’s recommended that you visit your dentist at Byron L. Carr DMD twice a year (about every six months) for a routine exam and cleaning. These appointments are very beneficial for maintaining good oral health as your dentist or hygienist will remove harmful substances from the teeth and gums and check on the overall health of the mouth, looking for signs of potential dental problems. Digital x-rays may also be a part of this appointment – they are usually taken once a year. In Hemet and Temecula, you can find digital x-rays provided at Byron L. Carr DMD to help maintain your oral health.
X-rays are useful because they give your dentist a better look at what’s going on below the gum line, at things not visible to the naked eye. This allows him or her to find conditions that might otherwise go undetected. These issues include decay between the teeth, bone loss, issues below the gum line, and cancerous tumors. Detecting these issues through x-rays can also benefit overall health, as research has shown that problems around the gum line can affect other parts of the body as well. Radiation exposure may be a concern for some patients when it comes to x-rays, but the advantage with digital x-rays is that that level is reduced by 80 to 90 percent.
Traditional x-rays are developed on film, which not only takes longer than digital images but requires additional resources. With digital x-rays, the images are captured using an electronic sensor, then stored digitally on a computer. This allows your dentist to access the images immediately after taking them. He or she can even view the images at multiple angles and magnify them to view the teeth in greater detail.
With the special radiography utilized by digital x-rays, duplicate imagery is taken out, resulting in more accurate images than with traditional x-rays. This means that the images that you and your dentist view on the computer are the best available representation of the current state of your mouth. Your dentist will then be able to make more accurate diagnoses and create the most efficient treatment plan possible to help you restore your oral health.
To get the best look at the health of your mouth, visit Byron L. Carr DMD for digital x-rays in Hemet and Temecula.