What Are Digital x-rays?
Digital x-rays, also known as digital radiographs, are captured during your dental exam to provide a more thorough picture of your overall oral health. Our digital x-rays allow our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kevin Boulard, to diagnose problems that aren't visible by the naked eye. There are many dental and oral concerns that can be seen on digital images such as tooth decay, cavities, cysts, abscesses, tooth impactions, and bone loss. When these issues are found early, you can be treated more efficiently. Plus, you may have more treatment options. During your annual dental exam at Something To Smile About, digital x-rays are taken to help Dr. Boulard accurately diagnose and make recommendations as to how to make your oral health better.
Who needs a digital x-ray?
In most cases, every patient has a set of digital x-rays taken as part of an annual dental exam. Digital x-rays can be administered for prevention or when you are concerned about a specific dental problem. Even though digital x-rays emit less radiation compared to traditional film x-rays, Something To Smile About prefers to limit each patient's exposure. While they are typically safe for any patient, female patients who are breastfeeding or pregnant should tell Dr. Boulard at the start of the exam so that extra cautionary steps can be taken.
How Dr. BOulard takes x-rays
Typically performed at the start of a dental cleaning or exam, digital x-rays take around 5 – 10 minutes to capture. Most patients will get a series of x-rays taken for Dr. Boulard to look over and determine dental needs that need to be addressed. Once your digital x-rays are taken, they will be uploaded and can be viewed by you and Dr. Boulard throughout your exam. He will be able to assess any areas of concern and go over treatment options.
After Your x-rays
A set of x-rays will generally be performed annually at your dental examination. At some visits, a whole mouth set may be needed for a complete view of the teeth, gums, and jaw. Your digital images will be saved with your file at Something To Smile About so Dr. Boulard can view trends and chart any growing concerns.
Let's check out your teeth & More with x-rays
Digital x-rays are a useful technology that can help to diagnose developing oral health problems. As part of a regular dental exam, they are able to give Dr. Boulard a unique understanding of what is going on inside your mouth, which allows him to see hidden issues. We want to address those dental needs at Something To Smile About before they become a painful dental crisis. For improved dental health, contact our team in Merrimack, NH to schedule your next dental exam with digital x-rays.