Dental x-rays are an integral part of the diagnostic process. Dr. Kevin Chang recognizes the importance of identifying hidden things with x-rays, and he has taken it to the digital age now. Electronic sensors (in lieu of films) are used in dental x-rays to capture and store the digital images in computers. The biggest benefits to these images are a significant reduction of radiation (~60-70% less) when compared to the already short exposure of traditional x-rays, and the images are instantly produced and magnified ~30x larger for easier detection of early dental problems. Again, Dr. Kevin Chang and his hygienist are proud to be doing true preventive dentistry because they can “catch” things much earlier with the wonderful tool of digital x-rays.
It is a known fact that detecting and treating dental problems at earlier stages will save your teeth in the long run. Not to mention it will also save you time and money by foregoing any unnecessary procedures.
Dental X-Rays are Safe
We must understand that we are constantly exposed to natural radiation every day and that dental x-rays are considered in the low level of radiation. Add to that digital x-rays are even safer to the patient’s health. Patients that have experienced digital x-rays will attest to the comfort and speed of the sensors, thus reducing chair time and the use of photo chemicals.
Despite the low dosage of radiation used in dental x-rays, the dental profession considers every precaution and emphasizes safety with the use of lead apron shields with protective thyroid collars, and only taking the recommended x-rays at certain intervals.
How often are dental x-rays taken?
Patients new to the practice should have a full mouth series of dental x-rays to establish a baseline. Established patients are then on a routine annual or biannual checkup x-rays, depending on the individual. Of course, the goal is for early detection of new dental problems.