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SERVICES & TECHNOLOLGIES

Digital X-Rays

 
 
     

Digital X-ray technology has allowed significant improvements in early diagnosis as a modern alternative to the traditional film X-rays. Patients can enjoy significant less radiation exposure, improved comfort and enhanced diagnostic abilities. Digital radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dr. Hinds and his team  use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.
Dental x-rays may reveal:

  • Abscesses or cysts.
  • Bone loss.
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
  • 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 can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!

Are dental x-rays safe?

We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series of x-rays is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources. Modern digital dental x-rays produce much less radiation and are considered safe.  In addition, Dr. Hinds’ office performs the necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays.  These precautions include using lead apron shields to protect the body and utilizing the most modern equipment available today.  

How often should dental x-rays be taken?

The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Dr. Hinds and his team will recommend necessary x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for disease.

A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients. A full series is usually good for three to five years. Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.
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