Digital X-rays in Colorado Springs
Digital X-rays are a great way for a dentist to get an accurate look at a patient’s teeth, gums, and jawbone — and they are much better in many ways than the old, traditional dental X-ray methods.
What is a digital X-ray?
X-rays are a very important part of the dental exam. They can show Dr. Moore any problems, or potential problems, that aren’t visible to the naked eye.
Traditional dental X-rays used to mean extra time spent at the dentist’s office, waiting for the X-rays to be developed. And, some people grew concerned about how much radiation your body was exposed to from these X-rays.
Digital X-rays mean no waiting — and less worrying! Digital X-rays have 80% less radiation than traditional X-ray techniques, Dr. Moore can see the results of digital X-rays within seconds.
For a digital X-ray, a sensor is inserted into the patient’s mouth. This sensor is connected to a computer with a monitor. The monitor displays a picture of the X-ray automatically. There is no need to wait for the X-ray to develop.
What are the benefits of digital X-rays?
There are many reasons why Dr. Moore uses digital X-rays.
One of these is that digital X-ray images are very crisp and clean. If, for some reason, the image is fuzzy, it is very easy (and quickly done) to take another one while the patient is sitting right there.
And, because this image is up on a computer monitor, it is easy to enlarge and adjust so that Dr. Moore can get a good look at a particular area in a patient’s mouth. Digital X-rays also make it easy for Dr. Moore to show the patient any problems he sees, explain why a treatment is recommended and how it would work.
Digital X-rays can quickly and easily be emailed to someone else, such as an agent at an insurance company, another dentist, or a specialist who might be involved in your overall treatment plan.
They are also better for the environment than traditional X-rays. No chemicals are needed to develop digital X-rays. And, because they are stored digitally, there are no X-ray films that will someday have to go in a landfill.
When will Dr. Moore take a digital X-ray?
We’ve already said that X-rays are an important part of an exam. Dr. Moore will usually want a digital X-ray of your teeth every two years, unless he suspects there is a problem. However, X-rays are only part of the dental exam. Dr. Moore and his staff will perform other important checks of your oral health.
He will perform a visual check for any signs of damage or decay on the teeth. He will also check the gums for signs of gum disease, such as bleeding, pus, or “pockets” that have formed as a result of gums having pulled away from the teeth.
He will examine your lymph nodes, face, and neck for any abnormalities.
He will check to make sure that your bite is aligned properly so that your teeth meet up like they should when you chew. Serious and painful problems can arise if your top and bottom teeth don’t align properly when you bite down.
A dental exam is also the perfect chance to perform an oral cancer screening. Catching this serious disease early can make a big difference in terms of treatment and survivability. He will perform a visual exam to look for any abnormalities, but he will also use a special ultraviolet light that can help detect potential cancer cells.
Dr. Moore and his team will also perform a thorough cleaning of the teeth. The dental hygienist will use special tools to remove tartar. Tartar is plaque that has hardened on teeth, which can’t be removed simply by brushing your teeth at home. If tartar isn’t removed it can cause serious problems such as gum disease.
He may also use other technology, such as the intraoral camera and the panoramic X-ray to check for other problems. As with digital X-rays, these high-tech devices can help to spot issues that used to be undetectable until they started to cause problems.
Using digital X-rays and other technology, plus the visual exam of teeth and gums, Dr. Moore and his staff will also be able to give you tips on how you can brush and floss better, and how you can improve your oral health.
Digital X-rays are a vital part of the modern dental exam. They help your dentist to spot problems or potential problems to help patients to maintain great oral health!
For excellent dental care using the most modern technology, you can count on Dr. Moore and the team at Stetson Hills Dental. Whether you are having a problem with your teeth or gums, or you just need a good cleaning, give Stetson Hills Dental a call! The number is (719) 694-0400.