When you visit our dental office in Cheshire, CT for a routine exam and check-up, you’ll likely have x-rays taken once a year. At Dr. Renee Kurtz DMD, this technology is used to help your dentist get a closer look at the health of your teeth and gums in order to determine the most helpful dental treatment to promote your oral health.
While traditional x-rays capture images of the teeth and are then developed into a film, digital x-rays, also referred to as digital radiography, are taken using an electronic sensor. The images are then sent and stored directly on a computer, meaning that they can be viewed more easily and in more detail. These images are more helpful to your dentist at Dr. Renee Kurtz DMD because they can be enlarged more easily in order to quickly locate and point out areas of concern in the mouth. An added advantage of digital technology is that it is better for the environment because of the elimination of the film processing (which can contribute harmful waste products and chemicals to the environment).
Though your dentist will perform a thorough check-up of your teeth and gums during your dental exam, there are certain dental issues that can develop that are not visible to the naked eye. Examples of these include:
X-rays give your dentist a look at what is happening both between the teeth and under the gums, ensuring that nothing goes missed that can potentially develop further and cause harm to your health. Digital x-rays help your dentist at Dr. Renee Kurtz DMD catch problems early, allowing you to treat them more easily and often for a lower cost. Additionally, the digital images are easily shared so that they can be sent to a specialist when needed.
Many people may have concerns about the amount of radiation that they are exposed to through dental x-rays. Traditional x-rays are quite safe because the level of exposure is minimal; digital x-rays produce even less. You can have confidence in your safety and oral health when you visit our dental office near you in Cheshire, CT.