During a dental exam, we check all structures inside your mouth. However, there is more to your mouth than what we can see with our eyes. The areas between your teeth and everything under your gums are all just as important, and just as susceptible to problems. At National Dental Oakland Gardens, we can monitor the health of your mouth, and diagnose oral health issues, with digital X-rays.
X-Ray TechnologyFor years, X-rays were taken with technology that relied on radiation. At National Dental, we use the latest technology. Instead of radiation, images are captured electronically. A sensor, which is hooked up to a computer, is placed inside your mouth. We then only have to click a button, and the image is captured. It is then displayed almost immediately on the computer monitor. The images show us the hidden areas of your mouth – between your teeth, the roots of your teeth, and your jawbone. We can see any abnormalities (infections, fractures, tumors, bone loss) and take action right away.
Digital X-rays are a major improvement over traditional X-rays. One of the biggest benefits of these X-rays is that you are exposed to up to 95% less radiation. Because images do not need to be developed, we can spend more of your appointment with you. We can help you to understand what we find on the X-ray and your treatment options.
Better Prevention of Oral Health IssuesDigital X-ray technology has greatly improved our ability to prevent serious oral health issues. Digital X-ray software allows us to manipulate the images we capture. We can zoom in on suspect areas. We can then enhance the image to get a clearer picture. We can even change the color of the image from black and white to color to negative display. Older images can be displayed side by side with your latest image or placed one on top of the other. All of these features allow us to spot issues in their earliest stages, keeping them from becoming something more serious.
Detecting CavitiesTooth decay and cavities can be difficult to detect, especially when it is in the earlier stages. They can also be extremely difficult to notice when they are between your teeth. Digital X-ray technology and all of the capabilities the software affords us, allows us to spot decay in its earliest forms. By spotting cavities early, we can put a stop to them before they develop into something much worse.
Monitoring the Health of Your JawboneWhen you have gum disease, more than just your gums are affected. As your gums swell, bacteria fall below the gum line and attack from within. They also attack your periodontal ligaments and your jawbone. As a result, your jawbone begins to grow weaker, and change shape. With digital X-rays, we can monitor the health of your jawbone, ensuring that your bone loss is not serious, or that it does not continue to occur after your gum disease has been treated.
Providing You with the Best Possible TreatmentsWith all of these amazing features, we can provide you with much better treatment plans than ever before. Your plans can be customized to meet your specific needs, helping us to optimize your oral and overall health.
For more information on digital X-rays, and how they can help you, contact National Dental Oakland Gardens today at (718) 407-0574!