Just as digital cameras have virtually replaced traditional 35mm “film” cameras, the age of digital x-rays has brought us easier use, clear, high-resolution images, and more versatility with every image, while decreasing radiation to you by as much as 80%.
Instead of using traditional dental films, electronic images of your teeth are captured on a sensor placed in your mouth. They can be immediately viewed on an enhanced computer screen and/or TV screen and easily viewed by you and the dentist.
Digital dental X-rays offer many advantages:
Dr. Ramer carefully decides when x-rays, also called radiographs, are necessary. Radiographs are essential to proper treatment because they allow us to see things that we cannot see with our eyes. Like traditional dental x-rays, digital x-rays are used inside the mouth to examine the teeth, the jawbone and dental restorations. Digital x-rays, play an important role in the diagnosis of decay and failing restorations, the correct placement of dental implants and we can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs. Digital x-rays are also utilized outside of the mouth to evaluate the upper and lower jaws, the sinuses and the temporomandibular joints.