Digital x-rays

Basically a black & white photo taken with a very expensive camera.

Producing simple 2D images or new advanced 3D images.

The benefits of x-rays are well known. They help us diagnose common problems such as cavities, gum disease and some types of infections. X-rays allow the clinicians to see inside a tooth and beneath the gums. Without them, more disease would go unnoticed and treatment would begin later. As a result, people would have more pain and lose more teeth.

At First Choice Dental Clinic our high tech digital x-rays use less radiation meaning safer x-rays. The X-ray units used in our dental clinic emit extremely small doses of radiation. However, cells can be damaged by repeated small doses of x-rays that add up over time. That's why we recommend that x-rays should be used with caution and only when necessary.

The picture shows an actual x-ray image taken in the clinic of one of our patients.

Several changes have reduced radiation exposure in dental x-rays through the years:

• Lower x-ray dose - The single most important way we keep our patients safe from radiation is by limiting the dose. An x-ray machine is quite large, but the x-rays come out of a small cone. This limits the rays to an area less than three inches in diameter. x-ray machines also are well shielded. Very little radiation exposure occurs beyond the diameter of the beam. This is an Acutal Patient x-ray taken at FCDC

• Digital radiography - The use of digital x-rays reduces radiation by as much as 80%.

• Film holders - Dental patients used to hold X-ray film in their mouths with their fingers. Those days are long gone. Now, holders keep the film perfectly positioned.

• Regular inspections and licensing - Health departments regularly check x-ray machines to make sure they are accurate and safe.

• Limited use of x-rays - We take x-rays only when we believe they are necessary for an accurate dental assessment or diagnosis.

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