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Dental X-rays

Digital Vs Traditional X-rays

During your routine exam at Cooley Smiles Kenmore, the dentist looks for any visible cavities, gum disease, or cracks in your teeth. However, a mirror and two eyes can only see so much. Dentists rely on dental x-rays to see problems between teeth and internally before they become visible. X-rays have been a part of dentistry since the early twentieth century, but there have been many advances in their convenience and safety.

Dental X-rays Help to Make Informed Decisions

X-rays are just one of the tools that your dentist uses to make informed decisions about your oral health. With x-rays in hand, your dentist will be able to inform you about your oral health. They are a powerful education tool that will allow you to understand and feel confident about the recommendations that your dentist gives you. Together, you and your dentist can make informed decisions about the best course of action for your needs.

Dental X-ray Radiation

One of the concerns that many patients have about x-rays is the exposure to radiation. The American Dental Association has assured that the radiation from dental x-rays only represents a minor amount of radiation compared to all other natural and man-made sources. In fact eating a single banana is about half of a radiation dose of a single dental x-ray.

Digital X-rays

Digital x-rays require 90% less radiation than traditional dental x-rays that use film. Even though conventional dental x-rays are safe, digital x-rays are an excellent option for patients that require regular x-rays or for those that are worried about radiation.

In addition to the improvements in safety, there are other benefits to digital x-rays:
•  digital x-rays are faster, which means less time at the dentist for you
•  more environmentally friendly because they don't require chemicals to develop film
•  convenient, because the x-rays can be enlarged to see better, and can be easily printed or emailed.

More advanced types of digital x-rays like cone-beam computed tomography (CT) allow for 3D images of your teeth.

What Do X-rays of Your Teeth Help Diagnose?

X-rays of your teeth and jaw can show many things hidden from the naked eye that can be harmful to your oral health. These include:
•  Decay between teeth not visible to a direct visual examination
•  Infection in the root of a tooth requiring a root canal
•  Decay that may exist underneath an existing dental filling
•  Cracks or damage in a dental filling
•  Bone loss from atrophy or gum disease
•  Cysts or cancerous tumors
•  physiology unique to your mouth that may be used in preparing dental work.

Dental x-rays are especially important for young mouths because it allows the dentist to monitor the-the growth and development of permanent teeth. Seeing if there are impacted teeth below the surface can help to treat young patients to ensure straight and healthy teeth.

Contact Us

Don't wait until your dental problems become visible or apparent to you. By then, it might be too late to save your tooth/teeth. Schedule your appointment at Cooley Smiles Kenmore today by calling (425) 216-3367.

As a patient, three things stand out to me about Cooley Smiles - the great quality dental work, the cleanliness of the facility and thorough follow up. These are major differentiators that I look for in dental providers and to-date, I've always been satisfied with my experience. Thanks for the great patient care, Cooley Smiles team!

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