Why You Might Need Digital X-Rays

Digital X-rays provide detailed images of the interior areas of your teeth and gums to give your dentist a clear picture of your oral health. They can help identify issues such as impacted teeth, tooth decay, and oral disease early, when treatment is most effective and less complicated.

The high level of detail provided by digital X-rays allows your dentist to see your tooth roots, jaw placement, and the composition of your facial bones. Compared with traditional X-rays, digital X-rays are faster, simpler, and more cost-efficient — and they expose you to 90% less radiation.

Ifeanyi Ezunu, DDS, and the staff here at Spectrum Dental Care in Norcross, Georgia, provide professional digital X-ray services for patients whose treatment plans depend on the information provided in these images. 

Dr. Ezunu and the team have the training and expertise necessary to administer digital X-rays safely and efficiently to ensure your images yield the information needed to provide the best possible care.

Find out more about the way digital X-rays are used and why you might need this service at your next visit. 

Identify tooth decay and gum disease

If you’re new to our practice, Dr. Ezunu may suggest that you have digital X-rays to establish baseline images of your teeth and gums.

These detailed images are useful for the initial screening of problems with your teeth and gums, especially areas between your teeth and below the gumline not visible during a visual exam. 

These images can help Dr. Ezunu identify dental injuries, bone loss, and tooth decay now and over time. Your digital X-rays are stored for tracking changes when an area of concern arises. 

The frequency of getting digital X-rays after your initial X-ray depends on your age and medical and dental history. Children and adolescents with developing teeth and jaws typically get X-rays more often than adults.

However, if you have a high risk of decay or decay present, you’re likely to have digital X-rays taken more often. 

Adults with extensive dental work may also require more frequent digital X-rays so Dr. Ezunu can monitor the development of decay beneath fillings, cracks in fillings, and other areas of deterioration in dental work. 

Having gum disease or dry mouth may also indicate a need for more frequent digital X-rays because of the increased risk of bone loss and tooth decay with these conditions.

Monitor wisdom teeth development

Digital X-rays are valuable for monitoring the development of wisdom teeth in adolescents and young adults. In most cases, wisdom teeth develop after all your permanent adult teeth are in place. As a result, your wisdom teeth may not have room to fully erupt. 

Digital X-rays allow Dr. Ezunu to identify when wisdom teeth appear before they attempt to break through the gumline. The images allow Dr. Ezunu to determine whether there’s room for your wisdom teeth before these four extra teeth can affect the rest of your mouth. 

A special type of digital X-ray, called a panoramic, is used to check the development of wisdom teeth. This type of X-ray rotates the machine around your head to give a panoramic view of your teeth, jaw, sinuses, and joints.

A panoramic X-ray is also useful for planning orthodontic treatment, dentures, dental implants, and extractions.

Locate abscesses, cysts, and tumors

Digital X-rays are valuable for identifying abscesses, an infection at the tooth root or between the gum and tooth. An abscess that starts in the bone and tooth-supporting tissues can cause damage before it’s visible above the gumline. 

Digital X-rays help identify these infections before they spread to the jawbone, soft tissue of the face and neck, and beyond into the rest of your body.

In addition, digital X-rays can identify the development of jaw tumors and cysts. These masses may be benign, malignant, or infectious. Dental X-rays can assist in determining whether disease is present and the extent of the disease. 

When malignant or infectious masses exist, digital X-rays can assist in providing early and potentially life-saving intervention since these conditions often begin without symptoms. 

Find out more about the ways digital X-rays work and how they can help you receive an appropriate diagnosis and treatment. Schedule an appointment online or call Spectrum Dental Care today.

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