Dental x-rays provide valuable information about your teeth cannot be seen by the naked eye. They are a powerful preventative diagnostic tool that Dr. Musselman and staff members use to safely and accurately spot hidden dental problems, and determine the proper treatment plan for patients in Phoenix.
The digital x-ray, or digital radiography, is the latest technology for taking dental x-rays. Digital x-rays use an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) to capture and store digital images of your teeth on a computer. This image can be viewed and enlarged at the press of a button, helping Dr. Musselman and staff members detect oral health issues more easily.
Identifying and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money and unnecessary discomfort — not to mention saving your teeth. Digital x-rays also have the benefit of reducing your radiation exposure 80-90% versus traditional dental x-rays.
At the same time that digital x-rays reduce radiation versus traditional dental x-ray techniques, they also reduce discomfort and the time needed to take them. They also eliminate the need to develop hard copies, which means fewer waste and chemical byproducts.
It’s always recommended that new patients undergo a full series of oral x-rays. After that, your personal health history and needs will help Dr. Musselman determine how often you need dental x-rays taken. Bitewing x-rays, which show the top and bottom teeth biting together, are recommended once or twice a year at checkups to detect potential dental problems.