Digital X-Rays in Playa Del Rey
Digital radiography (digital x-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental x-rays and is what is used in Dr. Montgomery’s office. This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer, which can be instantly viewed and enlarged to help easily detect problems. Digital x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.Dental x-rays are essential, preventative, and diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible by the naked eye during a dental exam. This information is used to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected and untreated, resulting in more serious damage to your teeth and gums. Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. Digital x-rays produce a significantly lower level of radiation compared to traditional dental x-rays. Not only are digital x-rays better for the health and safety of the patient, they are faster and more comfortable to take, which reduces your time in the dental office. Also, since the digital image is captured electronically, there is no need to develop the x-rays, thus eliminating the disposal of harmful waste and chemicals into the environment.
Even though digital x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered very safe, we still take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation. These precautions include only taking those x-rays that are necessary, and using lead apron shields to protect the body.
The frequency for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Dr. Montgomery will recommend necessary x-rays based upon your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and risk of disease.
A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients and consists of a panoramic x-ray plus 4 bite-wing x-rays or 18 individual films. A full series is usually good for five to seven years unless undergoing orthodontic treatment or periodontal therapy. Bite-wing or check-up x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at cleaning visits and are recommended every two years to detect new dental problems. However, Dr. Montgomery may recommend single x-rays at any time based on visual abnormalities or abnormal sensations.
If you’re in Playa Del Rey or surrounding areas, please call our office at 310-821-0992 to get more information about Digital X-Rays in Playa Del Rey.