Remember when dental x-rays (radiographs) were the size of a postage stamp? It certainly was an improvement from the days of waiting to see a cavity in your mouth. Back then, the damage would be so extensive a person would often get a large filling, which would sooner or later lead into endodontic therapy (root canal treatment) and a crown. Sometimes the tooth was so compromised it would need to be extracted.
Digital x-rays are much safer and much more detailed! All our clinical team members have been trained in - and have taken the pledge to - "Image Gently". That means we colimate our equipment to use only the amount of radiation necessary to get a diagnostic quality image. Obviously, a child does not require the same dosage as a large adult - we adjust for that. We also adjust for smaller adults and even the area of the mouth that needs to be viewed. Your lower front teeth are thinner than the back molars and can often be seen better with a lesser setting.
Our digital Galileos Comfort CBCT (Cone Beam Computerized Technology) allows the doctors to see your mouth and oral environment in 3D, and uses one of the smallest amount of radiation of all CBCTs on the market. It functions to:
- View each tooth from all angles and past the root tip. Very helpful for extractions, root canals and implants. In fact, it is the standard of care when considering dental implants.
- See your airway width and tongue position so we can effectively help with breathing disorders.
- As a panoramic x-ray, and can be adjusted to remove the distortion usually associated with dental panoramics