Safety of Digital X-rays
Digital x-rays use 90% less radiation than traditional x-rays. Because digital dental x-rays require such minimal exposure, it is safe for people who have had radiation treatment for cancer to have x-rays done safely. In fact, these patients are often at higher risk for developing tooth decay making dental x-rays all the more important.
We employ every effort to minimize your exposure to radiation yet some people might still fear it is unsafe. For more facts about the safety of digital x-rays, click here:
Digital images can be enhanced for superior diagnostic ability as well as provide us with valuable alternative imaging such as:
- Alternative for patients who cannot open mouth or with strong gag reflex
- Visualizing impacted wisdom teeth
- Confirming normal development of adult teeth in children
- Orthodontic assessment
- TMJ assessment
- Diagnosis of fractures, bone cysts and tumors, periapical lesions, salivary stones, carcinoma
- Planning of dental implant placement
- 2D Tomography is a cross sectional view through a three dimensional structure. It provides accurate information for the analysis, planning and follow-up of implant and surgical procedures.
- Combined tomography is highly valuable in implant planning, integrating cross-sectional and longitudinal views on the same radio-graph. Both traversal and longitudinal views show the same position in two perpendicular projections, giving three-dimensional information on the target with the same magnification.
Dental Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)
Dental cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) is a special type of x-ray machine used in situations where regular dental or facial x-rays are not sufficient. This type of CT scanner uses a special type of technology to generate three dimensional (3-D) images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths and bone in the craniofacial region in a single scan. Images obtained with cone beam CT allow for more precise treatment planning.
- Surgical planning for impacted teeth
- Diagnosing temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
- Accurate placement of dental implants
- Evaluation of the jaw, sinuses, nerve canals and nasal cavity
- Detecting, measuring and treating jaw tumors
- Determining bone structure and tooth orientation
- Locating the origin of pain or pathology
- Cephalometric analysis
- Reconstructive surgery