At Apilado Family Dentistry, we use digital x-rays to detect dental decay.
Digital radiographs or digital x-rays are used in both adult and pediatric dentistry for several reasons. According to the American Dental Association, they are a useful tool when helping your dentist detect damage and disease not visible during a regular dental exam.
X-rays help your family dentist:
- Locate hidden cavities, such as those between the teeth
- Determine health of the tooth roots
- Observe status of the bony area around the tooth
- Determine the health of developing teeth (especially in pediatric dentistry)
- Otherwise monitor good tooth health
For who are new to our family dentistry, Dr. Apilado may recommend digital x-rays in order to determine the present status of your oral health including gum health and the need for deep teeth cleaning or periodontal treatment. X-rays may then be repeated every couple of years to make sure no new issues have arisen.
There are two main types of digital (dental) X-rays: intraoral and extraoral. With intraoral x-rays or intraoral imaging, the x-ray film is placed inside the mouth. With extraoral x-rays, the x-ray film remains outside the mouth.
Some of the benefits of using digital X-rays are:
- Less radiation than traditional film X-rays
- Shorter dental appointments
Has it been many years since your last set of x-rays? Make an appointment for digital x-rays at Apilado Family Dentistry and be confident about the health of your teeth!