At Expressions Dental Care in Richmond Hill, dental exams and digital x-rays are important preventive diagnostic screening tools used to uncover potential dental diseases that may harm your oral and overall health.
The dental exam is critical to your ongoing oral health — and only your dentist can perform this. The dental exam can catch problems early, before you see or feel them, when they are much easier and less expensive to treat.
Digital x-rays, also known as digital radiographs, are an essential part of any dental care treatment plan. They are diagnostic, but they can also be preventative, by helping a dentist diagnose potential oral care issues in a patient’s mouth before they become a major problem.
At Expressions Dental Care in Richmond Hill, we use digital x-ray technology to quickly diagnose any oral health problems in real-time.
We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series of dental x-rays is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources. Digital dental x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe.
Dentists take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays.
These precautions include using lead apron shields to protect the body and using modern, fast film that cuts down the exposure time of each digital dental x-ray.
The need for digital dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs.
Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary dental x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for disease.