Dental radiographs (X-rays) can provide essential information about your oral health. They are an important part your dental records. Here at Dr. Rania Georgei’s Murrieta, CA dentistry office, we use one of the latest technological advances in dentistry - digital radiography. We use digital sensors and computers to help capture, store and transmit dental radiographs. Computerized dental radiographs can be displayed and enhanced on the computer monitor or enlarged for better viewing and diagnosis.
Why Are Digital X-Rays Better?
- Safer, 80-90% less radiation compared to conventional x-rays.
- Faster, no wait times - images are created instantly.
- More accurate, can be enhanced for better diagnose.
- Greener, no need to develop the x-ray thus eliminating the disposal of harmfull chemical waste into the environment.
- Transferable, can be easily emailed to specialists and technicians.
Even though digital x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered very safe, Dr. Georgei and her staff still take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation. These precautions include only taking those x-rays that are necessary, and using lead apron shields to protect the body.
Why do we need dental X-rays?
Many diseases of the oral cavity (which includes the teeth, surrounding tissues and bone) cannot be seen when the dentist examines a patient’s mouth. A radiographic examination may help the dentist see:
- Small areas of decay between the teeth or below existing restorations (fillings)
- Bone loss due to periodontal (gum) disease
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
- An abscess or a cyst
- Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line
- The effects of trauma
- Developmental abnormalities
- The position of unerupted teeth in children and adults
How often dental x-rays are taken at Copper Canyon Smiles?
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Dr. Georgei and her team will recommend necessary x-rays based upon the review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and risk of 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.
For safe dental digital x-rays, come to Copper Canyon Smiles in Murrieta, CA. At our family dental practice, you will receive state-of-the-art, personalized care from Murrieta’s top general and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Rania Georgei. We strive to provide affordable dental care and a variety of financing options for our patients. We are always accepting new patients, and invite you to contact us if you have any questions or to schedule your first appointment!