Digital X-Rays in Chicago, Illinois
The latest technology used to create dental X-rays is digital X-rays. The digital image is captured and stored by an electronic sensor and sent to a computer. It can be accessed and enlarged immediately, allowing the dentist and hygienist to quickly detect problems. Traditional X-rays have a low radiation exposure, but digital X-rays reduce radiation by 80-90 percent.
Your Digital X-ray May Show
- Bone loss
- Tooth decay
- Abscesses or cysts
- Issues inside a tooth or below the gum line
- Developmental irregularities
- Poor tooth and root positions
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
You can save time, money and unnecessary pain by detecting these problems early on. Early detection saves teeth!
Are Dental X-rays Safe?
The safety of our patients is our top priority. In our environment, we are all exposed to some degree of radiation. Dr. Krinsky’s office uses digital X-rays, which produce a much lower (80-90 percent) rate of radiation compared to traditional dental X-rays. Digital X-rays are also quicker and more comfortable to use, and they’re better for the health and safety of our patients. They’re “green” too — traditional X-rays require chemicals to develop, resulting in the disposal harmful waste into the environment. Even though digital X-rays are considered very safe and produce low levels of radiation, dentists still take precautions to protect patients — such as protective apron shields and only taking X-rays when necessary.
How Often Do I Need a Dental X-ray?
Dental X-rays are taken based on information we have collected about your personal dental needs. A review of your medical and dental records, your age, your dental exam results and risk of disease are a few of the factors that are considered. We recommend a series of full mouth X-rays for all new patients. A full series is usually relevant for three to five years. At recall or checkup visits, we may take “bite wing” X-rays (the top and bottom teeth coming together in a bite). These are recommended once or twice a year to detect and prevent new dental issues.