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Digital X-Rays


Older woman in dental chair with doctor with her x-ray in his hand at Optimum Oral Surgery Group To diagnose the cause of symptoms affecting the health of your mouth, and to then provide you with an effective treatment plan, a thorough oral exam is required. While many of your oral structures are visible, there are also many structures that are not. The roots of your teeth, your jawbone, and more cannot be seen with the naked eye. However, seeing these hidden structures is essential for properly diagnosing some different issues and providing you with the best possible treatments. At Optimum Oral Surgery Group, we can see the hidden structures of your mouth with digital x-rays.

Why Are X-Rays Important?


A visual inspection of your mouth is important for looking over the visible structures. We can spot damage to the crowns of your teeth, lacerations in your soft tissues, and more. There are, however, many structures in your mouth that are invisible to the naked eye, including your jawbone and the roots of your teeth. Issues affecting these areas of your teeth may not be easily noticeable with just a visual examination of your mouth. Dental x-rays help to provide us with a complete picture of your mouth, allowing us to determine all issues affecting your mouth so that we can provide you with the best treatment possible.

What Are Digital X-Rays?


For decades, x-rays were taken using radiation. This fact has caused concern for many dental patients, leading them to avoid seeking necessary treatment. By avoiding treatment, the risk of severe consequences greatly increases. The risks of needing more invasive, more expensive treatments increase as well.

Along with the use of radiation, images taken with traditional x-ray technology need to be developed in a dark room. This requires taking time from your appointment to leave the room and process the images. This results in a shorter appointment with less time to go over your diagnosis and treatment options, which could then leave you confused and unsure.

Digital x-rays are a technological improvement upon traditional x-rays. Instead of radiation to capture images, digital x-rays use electronics. We place an electronic sensor inside your mouth. The sensor is attached to a computer. With the click of a button, we capture the necessary images, which are then displayed almost instantly on our computer monitor, ready for reading. There is no need to develop images or even leave the room.

The Benefits of Digital X-Rays


Digital x-rays provide several significant benefits, including:
•  Reduced radiation exposure. In fact, radiation exposure is reduced up to 95%.
•  It is quick and easy to capture images.
•  Specialized software for digital x-rays allow us to manipulate the x-rays in ways that were never possible with traditional x-rays. We can easily change colors on the images as well as zoom in on, and enhance, different areas of the x-ray for a closer look. This helps us to detect the tiniest details.
•  Because we do not need to leave the room and develop images, your entire appointment is devoted to you. We can take the time to go over what we find, discuss your treatment options, and answer any questions that you might have.

With digital x-rays, we can provide much more accurate diagnoses, which then allow us to provide you with a much more effective, custom treatment plan. Call Optimum Oral Surgery Group at (856) 778-8686 today for more information and to schedule your consultation today.
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