In order to better serve you and your family’s needs, Courtenay Dental has made it their goal to implement the newest technologies available in dentistry today. These advancements in technology allow our dentist’s to make more accurate diagnoses and develop more comprehensive treatment plans. It also aids in the predictability of the treatment procedures.
Did you know that digital x-rays allow for reduced radiation by 80-90% compared to traditional x-ray films?
At Courtenay Dental we implemented digital radiography to better serve our patients. The digital sensors allow images taken to be viewed and enlarged instantly on a computer. Your dentist will now be able to detect problems more easily and be able to readily communicate with you on what he/she sees on the image.
Dental x-rays provide valuable information in order to diagnose and monitor the health of the teeth and surrounding tissues. They often reveal the following information:
- Abscesses or cysts.
- Bone loss.
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumours.
- Decay between the teeth.
- Developmental abnormalities.
- Poor tooth and root positions.
- Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
Are dental x-rays safe?
Digital x-rays are better for the safety and health of patients as a result of needing less radiation compared to traditional x-ray films. They also eliminate the need to develop the x-rays thus eliminating the disposal of harmful chemicals into the environment. X-rays are considered very safe and are taken with necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure. This means that a lead apron is utilized and taking x-rays when necessary.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
Dental x-rays are the legal standard of care that your dentist is required to meet. At Mill Bay Dental we understand the need for x-rays each patient can vary as well as the apprehension on having them taken in the first place. Your dental provider will recommend x-rays as necessary based upon the review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and risk of disease.
Our team at Courtenay Dental love the use of this technology as it now allows you to experience what it would be like to “look over the dentist’s shoulder.”
The images can be easily uploaded into a computer screen so that your dentist can better communicate your dental needs using visual tools.
Digital images are often used to show:
- Areas of decay or fractures
- The bite
- Full mouth overviews
- Before and after