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Digital X-Rays in Pleasanton

DIGITAL X-RAYS

In our Pleasanton dental clinic, we utilize digital radiography, or digital x-rays, as a state-of-the-art diagnostic tool to uncover abnormalities and issues that are not visible to the naked eye. Traditional x-rays, which required film development, were once the standard in dental diagnostics. However, they had limitations in terms of time efficiency and image clarity. In contrast, our modern digital x-ray technology offers a multitude of benefits.

BENIFITS OF DIGITAL VS FILM X-RAYS

Digital x-rays have a benefit of lower ration levels. Traditional x-rays already had low radiation exposure but going digital further lowered exposure by up to 90%. The use of an electronic sensor instead of x-ray film to capture the image allows us to instantly see the results so we can either retake a blurry image or move on to your oral exam without having to wait for development. Having the images be digital instead of film also allows your dentist and hygienist to enlarge the image for a better view.

WHY DO I NEED X-RAYS?

Digital x-rays are a diagnostic tool that is necessary for dentists to see what is going on below the surface. Without these images, some issues may go undetected such as:

  • Abscesses or cysts.
  • Bone loss.
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
  • Decay between the teeth.
  • Developmental abnormalities.
  • Poor tooth and root positions.
  • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.

 

Detecting these issues as soon as possible could save you money, pain, time, and maybe even your life in extreme cases.

ARE DENTAL X-RAYS SAFE?

We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment every single day. Digital X-rays produce less radiation than their film counterparts as well as less disposable waste. Every year your body is exposed to 3.1 millisieverts (mSv) of natural radiation. The radiation you receive from dental x-rays is about 0.005 mSv.

Even with this low level of radiation we take extra precautions to limit your exposure further. We only take x-rays that are necessary and use lead apron shields.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU GET DENTAL X-RAYS?

The need for dental x-rays is individual to each patient’s needs. Your dentist will determine your need depending on your medical history, symptoms, and risk.
For new patients we usually recommend a full series of dental x-rays, followed by necessary x-rays at your cleanings once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.

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