At Nancy Shiba, DDS, we will always adopt the best in dental technology when we believe that it will improve our ability to keep our patients healthy and keep our services affordable. Digital x-rays have made a massive impact on the dental industry, allowing us to see into the structures within your mouth with more clarity and higher accuracy.
What is a digital X-ray?
The digital X-ray machine is a device that doesn’t rely on traditional x-ray film. Instead, it functions similarly to a digital camera. Digital x-rays allow us to see in much higher detail than traditional x-rays did.
The Difference Between Traditional and Digital X-rays
You probably remember the traditional x-ray machines, where you had your x-ray taken at the beginning of the dental appointment, and got to see the finished results at the end of your visit. Traditional x-ray machines relied on film that had to be developed to be viewed. If a traditional x-ray didn’t develop correctly, we would have to start the process over again. Some of the most notable differences between traditional x-rays and digital x-rays are:
That’s right; digital x-rays expose patients to less than one-fifth of the radiation that a traditional x-ray machine did! That makes a big difference in the long run.
Reasons for X-rays
We like to take an x-rays of every patient once per year. If you come in for regular visits (once every six months), we will be taking an x-ray of your mouth once every other visit. X-rays are a great way for us to stay ahead of any problems that arise in your mouth. With x-rays, we can detect a wide variety of dental health issues. Some of the things that we use digital x-rays to detect include:
X-rays Are Just Part of Your Visit
It is important that you come in twice a year for your regular cleanings and exams, and not just because we take your x-ray during this time. Professional dental cleanings are key in keeping your teeth healthy for the rest of your life. There is a lot that you miss with your daily brushing and flossing routine, and during our cleanings, we make sure to remove all leftover plaque and tartar.
Please call us today at (408) 929-8991 to schedule your appointment.