At Embrace Dental Care, we use digital x-rays to better diagnose and treat oral health issues. Digital x-rays use sensors to produce comprehensive images of the mouth. The images can be acquired through direct, indirect, or semi-indirect methods.
The direct method uses a sensor that is inserted into the mouth. The indirect method, on the other hand, uses an x-ray film scanner so the x-rays can be viewed as digital images. And the semi-indirect method uses both a sensor and scanner to convert a traditional x-ray into a digital film.
Digital dental radiographs or digital x-rays can be intraoral or extraoral. Intraoral x-rays are taken inside the mouth, while extraoral x-rays are taken outside the mouth.
Intraoral x-rays are more common as they can produce more detailed images, and can be used for individual tooth issues.
Extraoral x-rays are not as detailed but they are still useful in tracking haw development, detecting impacted teeth, and identifying issues involving structures surrounding the tooth, such as jaws and bones.
How often you’ll need x-rays depends on your oral and general health conditions. Others may need their x-rays taken more frequently. Children will need more x-rays since their teeth are still developing and they are more prone to decay.
Do you need your x-rays taken? Are you concerned about the safety of x-rays? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to assist you in booking an appointment with our team.