Oral exams are a very important component of your oral health. They allow us to detect issues in their earliest stages, and provide you with the necessary treatment to prevent them from becoming serious. Oral exams are also key in diagnosing specific symptoms, giving us the ability to provide you with the appropriate treatment. A visual inspection of your mouth will give us some clues, but it is only a part of a larger picture. There are many parts of your mouth that cannot be seen, such as the areas between your teeth and under your gums. At National Dental Williston Park, we can see these hidden structures thanks to the assistance of digital X-rays.
What are Digital X-Rays?
Digital X-rays are the latest in X-ray technology. The technology is used to take images of the inside of your mouth. However, rather than relying on radiation to capture the images, digital X-rays use electronic technology. In fact, digital X-ray technology reduces your radiation exposure up to 95%. Digital X-rays allow us to see the hidden structures within your mouth, including between your teeth, the roots of your teeth, the periodontal ligaments (the structures that hold your teeth in place) and the condition of your jawbone. They help us to spot any hidden abnormalities in your mouth, such as abscesses, cysts, tumors and more.
Taking your digital X-rays is simple and completely pain-free. We place an electronic sensor, which is hooked up to a computer, into your mouth. We push a button on the computer, and within seconds, your X-ray shows up on the monitor. This means that we no longer have to leave the room to develop your images. You can see exactly what we see, and we can spend your appointment helping you to understand the image, your diagnosis, and what your treatment options are.
Better Preventative Care
Once your images are on the monitor, we can manipulate them in a variety of different ways, thanks to specialized digital X-ray software. This software allows us to pick certain areas of the image and zoom in. We can also enhance the image for better clarity. We can change the color display on your images as well, choosing from negative, black and white, and color. All of these features allow us to spot the tiniest details of your mouth, and provide treatment before issues turn into something serious.
Tooth decay occurs as a result of the acid erosion caused by plaque and oral bacteria. As the acids eat away at your enamel, cavities form. In the earliest stages, tooth decay is practically invisible and is impossible to detect between the teeth. Between the teeth, these cavities may go unnoticed until they have become something serious. Using the specialized software that comes with digital X-rays, we can detect cavities while they are just beginning, and treat them right away.
Monitoring Your Jaw Health
When your jawbone is healthy, it is strong. If you have gum disease, particularly more advanced stages, the oral bacteria sneak below the gum line and attack your jawbone, causing it to become weaker. Digital X-rays allow us to monitor the health of your jawbone and provide treatment if it begins to grow weak.
Providing You with More Effective Treatments
The features provided by digital X-ray software allows us to see the structures in your mouth in ways that were never possible with traditional X-ray technology. Thanks to these features, we can provide you with a more accurate diagnosis, and a much more effective treatment plan.
With digital X-rays, we can help you to maintain the best possible oral health. For more information, contact National Dental Williston Park today at (516) 686-9780.