Digital Dental X-Rays
Many of our patients wonder if dental x-rays are really necessary. At Gruber Dental, we take x-rays because we can’t diagnose problems we can’t see. Tooth enamel can hide decay and fractures, and it is only with dental x-rays and light cavity detection that we can treat little problems before they become big ones.
For example, a small cavity that goes undiagnosed can quickly turn into a deep infection that puts your tooth at risk. By taking care of conditions early, we can often avoid painful dental emergencies and tooth loss.
Are Dental X-Rays Safe?
Being concerned about radiation is natural, especially for families with young kids. Digital dental x-rays emit up to 80 percent less radiation than their film predecessors. Dental x-rays are among the lowest in radiation exposure in the medical field, and the benefits far outweigh the risks.
We take x-rays on a personalized schedule based on your dental needs. For most people, that probably means about once per year. If, however, you experience a dental emergency or need treatment, we may take more images as needed. We are always happy to discuss this with you and explain why we recommend dental radiographs.
Benefits of Digital X-Rays
If you are of a certain age, you probably remember having dental x-rays with sharp films that were awkward and the wait time associated with developing them in a dark room. Today, digital x-rays offer many benefits above those of the past.
- Digital storage for easy comparison
- Easy communication with specialists
- Accompany insurance claims and narratives
- Instant results on treatment room monitors
- Better for the environment with no chemicals to process them
Most people also find that the smooth, small sensors are far easier to tolerate. Since we can see the results instantly, we know if the image will give our Parsippany dentists the information they need for an accurate diagnosis.
Like digital photographs, we can zoom in on x-rays and adjust exposure and contrast to see suspicious areas more clearly.
Because your dentist can compare images side by side on a treatment room monitor, they can track changes in your oral health that are subtle, but important to diagnosing and planning treatment.
CBCT Cone Beam Imaging
In many cases, having a digital 3-D image of dental structures is more beneficial. Surgical procedures, such as implant placement or extractions are far more accurate and predictable using 3-D images. We can also use 3-D CBCT images to plan difficult or complex root canal procedures for a superior outcome.
Our patients appreciate the advanced technology we offer because it translates to better oral health and wellness.
Is It Time for Your Next Dental Appointment?
If you have been putting off treatment because you are searching for a caring family dentist in the Parsippany area, give us a call. We warmly welcome new patients of all ages and look forward to seeing your smile.