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Digital X-Rays

digi-xray-cwarmerMarion Dental Associates is dedicated to providing the safest and most convenient treatment options available. We believe that using the most advanced dental technology is in many ways just as important as staying current on the latest treatment techniques.

This is why we utilize advanced digital X-ray technology in our office. They allow us to treat patients more effectively, safely and efficiently. Here’s how:

Advantages

  • 80% – 90% reduction in radiation compared to traditional film X-rays.
  • Digital imagery gives a nearly instantaneous image and there is no need to develop the X-ray. This gives you several benefits:
    • Less waiting time.
    • Shorter appointments.
    • No disposal of harmful waste and chemicals into the environment.
  • Since digital imagery is captured electronically,
    • Results can be viewed on-screen while you are seated in your exam room, providing better patients a better understanding of both any problems and treatments.
    • Results are easily stored for future reference and comparison.

Importance

Without digital dental x-rays, problem areas may go undetected. That’s why they are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. We use this information to safely and more accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Please remember that detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth.

For example, digital dental x-rays may reveal:

  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Bone loss
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
  • Decay between the teeth
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Poor tooth and root positions
  • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line

Frequency

How often digital dental x-rays should be taken depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Marion Dental Associates will recommend necessary x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for disease.

A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients. A full series is usually good for three to five years. Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are usually taken at check-up visits and are recommended once a year for detection of any new dental problems.