What are digital X-rays?
Digital radiography, also known as digital X-rays, are powerful images taken of your teeth, gums, and jaw. These images are an important diagnostic and educational tool for Dr. Derek Lowe, allowing us to more fully understand your smile and share what we see. Generally, we take a set of digital X-rays once a year and as our dentist feels is necessary in order to plan effective treatments.
What can digital X-rays detect?
Digital X-rays can be used to detect:
- Decay or damage not able to be seen by the natural eye
- Irregularities or misalignments of your bite
- Developmental problems, especially in children and adolescents
- Bone loss in your teeth and jaw
- Advanced gum disease
- Cysts, tumors, or abscesses
Digital X-rays are also useful when planning surgical treatments, such as dental implants.
What are the advantages of digital X-rays?
There are many advantages to digital X-rays when compared to traditional dental radiography. Digital X-rays use less radiation and are thus safer for both you and the environment. The images taken are also available for immediate viewing, helping us make a quick diagnosis and share with you what we see. We want you to not only understand what treatments we are suggesting, but why. Taking digital X-rays is a comfortable, quick, and simple process. If you would like to learn more about digital radiography in Fairbanks, Alaska, please contact us at Alaska Dental Arts today. We would love to share these advantages and more with you.