The key to treating dental disease and other problems quickly and conservatively is to identify them in their earliest stages using the available resources. One of the tools that helps Dr. Jerry M. Strauss at Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey identify serious dental problems in their infancy is digital X-rays in Totowa, New Jersey.
X-rays, or radiographs, allow our dentist to look inside a tooth, between the teeth and beneath the gums, where problems can develop and go unnoticed to the naked eye. X-rays are a part of any thorough dental examination as they provide Dr. Strauss with information we cannot get from any other diagnostic source.
Always committed to patient safety, Dr. Strauss prefers to use digital dental X-rays, which expose patients to less radiation than traditional radiography. The small risks associated with digital X-rays far outweigh the risk of not getting a good look at the underlying structures of the mouth.
Why X-Rays Are Important
Dental X-rays are important to identify and diagnose dental disease and other problems, including the following:
- Cavities between the teeth
- Worn-out fillings and crowns
- Tartar on the tooth roots
- Receding bone
- Signs of gum disease
- Infection, abscesses or cysts
- Developmental abnormalities and tumors
X-rays are also useful in monitoring certain conditions, such as developing teeth. X-rays can be used to keep an eye on developing wisdom teeth, which are the last teeth to erupt into the mouth. Sometimes, wisdom teeth erupt at an angle or have trouble erupting at all because of space issues. X-rays can alert Dr. Strauss to this and enable us to intervene before it turns into a bigger problem.
How often you need to have X-rays taken depends on your individual circumstances, such as your oral health history, your age and when your last set was taken. Dr. Strauss recommends all new patients have a set of X-rays taken so we can establish a baseline. If you recently had a set taken with your previous dentist, our office may request that a copy be forwarded to us.
Advantages of Digital X-Rays
Digital X-rays expose patients to less radiation, which reduces some of the risk. Protective lead aprons and thyroid collars are still used, especially for expecting mothers, women of childbearing age and children. To be extra cautious, Dr. Strauss avoids taking X-rays on pregnant women unless absolutely necessary.
Digital X-rays can be viewed instantly on any monitor in the treatment room. Dr. Strauss can look at the images alongside the patient as soon as the X-rays are taken.
Digital X-rays are easy to manipulate as needed; Dr. Strauss can easily enhance contrast or detail, as well as flip or zoom in on the X-rays, to examine and properly interpret the images. The images are also easy to store or transmit without losing any quality. They can be stored in the patient’s electronic record or quickly sent to referring dentists, insurance companies or consultants.
Contact Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey
If you have any questions about the differences between digital X-rays and traditional X-rays, Dr. Strauss invites you to contact our office. Call 973-227-8998 or email our trusted team today.