Harold Krinsky, DDS

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Digital X-Rays

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%.

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%) 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 seriers of full mouth x-rays for all new patients. A full series is usually relevant for three to five years. At recall or check-up 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.

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