Digital Panoramic X-Rays
Dental X-rays are a safe and effective way of maintaining good oral health. X-rays allow your dentist to identify impacted or decayed teeth early which allow for treatment to take place often before a patient finds themselves in pain and in need of immediate relief.
What Are Digital X-Rays?
Royal dental offers a new dental X-ray technique called digital imaging. Rather than developing an X-ray film the old fashioned way, in a dark room, the X-rays are sent directly to a computer screen where they can be viewed by you and your dentist, stored and printed if necessary.
What Types of Dental X-Rays Are Recommended by Royal Dental?
At Royal Dental two types of dental X-rays are recommended. Intraoral X-rays take images inside your mouth and extraoral X-rays take images from outside of your mouth.
- Intraoral X-rays are the most common type of dental X-ray taken. These X-rays provide a lot of detail and allow your dentist to find cavities, check the health of the tooth root and bone surrounding the tooth, check the status of developing teeth, and monitor the general health of your teeth and jawbone.
- Extraoral X-rays show teeth, but their main focus is the jaw and skull. These X-rays do not provide the detail found with intraoral X-rays and therefore are not used for detecting cavities or for identifying problems with individual teeth. Instead, extraoral X-rays are used to look for impacted teeth, monitor growth and development of the jaws in relation to the teeth, and to identify potential problems between teeth and jaws.
How Are Digital X-Rays Different from Traditional Imaging?
Digital X-rays use less radiation than a typical X-ray which makes the entire procedure safer for both the patient and the dental staff. Also, there is no wait time for the X-rays to be developed which means your dentist can begin discussing your condition and dental needs within seconds after the images are taken.
Additionally, the images taken with digital X-ray technology can be enhanced and enlarged which makes it much easier for your dentist to understand where your problem is and how to fix it.
If needed, images can also be sent to another dentist or to an oral surgeon instantly and electronically which allows for greater continuity of care and faster treatment for patients.