Digital dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dr.'s Pfeifer 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.
Digital X-rays may reveal:
Abscesses or cysts.
Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
Decay on the sides of the teeth.
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 Digital 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 digital x-rays is less than the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources.
Digital dental x-rays produce 50% lower levels of radiation than conventional film x-rays. The staff always takes the necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Dr.'s Pfeifer will recommend necessary x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, age consideration, and risk for disease.
A panorex x-ray and 4 Bite wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are commonly recommended for new patients. A full mouth series/panorex is usually good for three to five years. Bite-wing x-rays may be taken at one year intervals, depending on the patients history of decay.