Low Radiation Digital X-rays
Breakthroughs in dental technology like low radiation digital x-rays continue to make the procedures we perform safer and more precise in evaluating our patients’ dental health. At Rockefeller Cosmetic Dentistry, comfort and expertise are our priorities, which is why we’ve chosen to only utilize low radiation digital radiography methods when it comes to getting X-rays of patients’ teeth.
Digital Dental Radiography
Unlike traditional film X-rays, our digital method reduces radiation exposure by up to 90%, making digital radiography the fastest, safest, and most precise type of imaging available. However, X-ray scans are not 100% radiation free, nor are they required to proceed with treatment. You may decide to opt out of this process — simply inform your dentist during your first appointment.
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Dental X-rays are often taken routinely in order to detect problems as early as possible, even before the patient experiences any symptoms. They are used to identify tooth decay, dental injuries and/or any damage to the bone that supports the teeth, impacted teeth, and detect any abscesses, cysts and/or cancers. Dental x-ray imaging is also used for treatment planning for cavities, root canal therapy, tooth extraction, and for the placement of dental implants.
Holistic Dental Radiography
Not only has our ability to capture precise dental X-ray images increased, but so has the software that goes along with it. Thanks to new technology like the NomadPro™ with patented Backscatter Protection Shield, we are now able to provide you with state-of-the-art dental imaging without most of the harmful radiation associated with traditional method. For our patients, this means not having to fear possible side effects or sacrificing their holistic lifestyle.
NOMAD Pro System has so little radiation that the assistant does not have to leave the room, like with normal X-rays.
We only use digital X-ray technology (as opposed to traditional film x-rays) in our offices. With digital X-rays, we can take pictures of your teeth and instantly produce a sharp image on screen right in front of you in the dental chair. Since there is no wait time for film to be developed, we can review and discuss the images with you immediately during your examination. Digital X-ray images are also far larger and higher quality than film X-rays, which allows us to zoom in to see areas closer up when necessary, and we can manipulate the images with specialized software which will ensure that any tooth decay or problem in the jaw – no matter how tiny – will not be missed.
What’s better, digital X-rays also reduce radiation exposure by up to 90%, making digital dental X-rays the fastest and safest and most precise type of imaging available.
Types of Dental X-rays
There are two main types of X-rays for dental imaging: intraoral (inside the mouth) and extraoral (outside the mouth). In our clinic and during your first visit, we perform what is known as a full mouth series of X-rays (FMX), combining these two types to give a comprehensive report on the current state of your mouth.
Digital Intraoral X-rays:
bite wing X-rays show details in one area of the mouth, from the tooth’s crown to the supporting bone. These are primarily used to detect decay between teeth and bone density loss from gum disease, to properly determine fit for cast restorations, and to test the integrity of fillings.
periapical X-rays show whole tooth (from the crown to its anchor in the jaw) and includes all teeth in either the lower or upper jaw. Used to detect abnormalities in the root and surrounding bone structures.
occlusal X-rays show full tooth development and placement, revealing entire arch of teeth.
panoramic X-rays capture the entire mouth area on a single image, useful in detecting fully emerged, newly emerging, and impacted teeth as well as aiding in the diagnosis of tumors.
tomograms show a layer of the mouth while blurring out all other parts, useful for examinations of structures partially obstructed from view due to proximity to others.
cephalometric projection shows the entire side of the head in order to examine the teeth in relation to the jaw and patient’s profile. Typically used by orthodontists.
sialography is an additional measure taken to test for salivary gland problems such as blockages or Sjögren’s syndrome that involves visualization of the salivary glands through the use of a radiopaque contrast agent dye injected into the glands so the organ can be viewed on the x-ray scan.
computed tomography (or CT scanning) shows the body’s interior as a three-dimensional image to identify problems in the facial bones like tumors or fractures and to evaluate bone strength for placement of dental implants and difficult extractions.
Note: Not all of these scans are performed during your first exam. Different types of imaging are ordered depending on what the problem appears to be and each patient is treated specifically to their needs and wants.
4 Benefits of Low Radiation Digital X-rays
The potential physical and environmental impacts of traditional film x-rays have long been the source of debate in every area of the health field. Fortunately, with our adoption of digital-only X-rays, we’ve eliminated most of these concerns, along with a few other added benefits:
- 90 Percent Less Radiation means the patient is at a much lower risk of radiation exposure compared to film X-rays.
- Less time in the chair for you and less waiting for the dentist means shorter appointments because with digital X-rays, you never have to wait for the film to develop — the sensor develops the picture and sends it to a computer screen almost instantly!
- Better images are the result of better technology, meaning our doctors are able to treat you with the most precision, without needless probing, to provide you as minimally invasive care as possible. These images can be enlarged, brightened, contrasted, and colored so that dentists are able to detect small cavities more easily.
- Environmentally friendly because there are no chemicals used in developing our digital scans. There’s also no wasted darkroom space or need to store bulky film.
Schedule your low radiation dental X-ray appointment today!
Call our Midtown Manhattan dentist office, conveniently located at Rockefeller Center, at (212) 581-1091 to make an appointment today.