While digital radiography has been widely adapted in dentistry over the past two decades, newer generations of the technology have emerged that provide numerous advantages over original sensors and software. Our practice has incorporated the latest version of this technology. Compared to film based radiography, digital decreases the amount of radiation by at least two thirds. Newer systems, such as the Dexis software in our practice, reduces exposure even more.
In addition, new digital images produce higher resolution and higher quality images than previous systems. This enables us to accurately diagnose cavities and other oral conditions before they cause discomfort and become a larger problem. Early diagnosis may also save patients time and money.
Finally, new generation sensors are thinner and more comfortable for patients than those made even just a few years ago. The thinner sensors allow us to more comfortably image teeth in the back of your mouth, including wisdom teeth.
Getting a dental X-ray is a vital part of your preventive care, as it provides the most accurate information about your oral health and allows your dentist to understand exactly how to help you.
Film-based X-rays are now considered an antiquated practice in favour of digital radiography, which has been widely employed in dentistry over the past two decades. Newer generations of digital X-ray technology have emerged that provide numerous advantages over original sensors and software. Central Park Dentists has adopted the latest Schick technology which uses digital rather than film-based radiography, creating high-resolution imaging for early diagnosis and precise dental care.
Dental X-rays can be used for the diagnosis and treatment of a whole range of oral health issues which cannot be detected in a routine dental examination:
As we know, sometimes oral health problems are not spotted until it’s too late, requiring more invasive procedures to treat what should have been a small problem. At Central Park Dentists we take digital radiographs as part of your preventive dental care, alongside regular dental check-ups.
The frequency of your digital X-rays, and the type of X-ray necessary, depends on your individual medical history. We generally recommend that all new patients at our Manhattan clinic have a full mouth dental X-ray so we can help you comprehensively from the very beginning. Patients with existing problems such as gum disease, or those who are currently undergoing or have previously undergone restorative treatments such as root canals or fillings, should have X-rays taken every six months or more frequently. Patients with no oral health problems can take dental X-rays less frequently, for example once every two or three years.
Getting a digital dental X-ray at Central Park Dentists is a safe, comfortable and efficient procedure that saves your time, money and health in the long run. If you have existing oral health problems or just want a more comprehensive dental check-up, then contact us today to book your appointment.