At Wells Family Dentistry, we use digital radiography (digital x-rays), the latest technology available, to get dental x-rays. Using an electronic sensor instead of traditional x-ray film, we can capture and store the digital image in our computer system so our staff can instantly view the x-ray.
Dental x-rays provide important information that regular dental exams cannot detect. This assists Dr. Wells and his team in preventing any otherwise undetected problems, which can be costly and time-consuming in the future if left untreated.
Are dental x-rays safe?
Along with reducing already-safe traditional dental x-ray radiation by 80-90%, digital x-rays are also faster and more comfortable for the patient. Digital x-rays also avoid the environmentally hazardous process of disposing the harmful waste and chemicals used when developing traditional x-rays. Although digital x-rays produce a very safe low level of radiation, our staff still take all the necessary measures to limit any radiation exposure.
How often should dental x-rays be taken?
Based on the situation of each patient, our team will recommend when x-rays are necessary based on your dental history, dental exams, and your current dental health including your age and risk of oral disease.
We usually recommend a full mouth series of x-rays for all new patients which can be used for three to five years. Bite-wing x-rays, x-rays of only the top and bottom teeth biting together, are recommended at each check-up twice a year so we can detect any new problems.