Digital X-Ray/Radiography

Digital dental x-rays or dental radiographs are a useful diagnostic tool when helping your detect damage and disease not visible during a regular dental exam. How often X-rays should be taken depends on your present oral health, your age, your risk for disease, and any signs and symptoms of oral disease. For example, children may require X-rays more often than adults because their teeth and jaws are still developing and their teeth are more likely to be affected by tooth decay than those of adults. At CyprusDental, we will review your history, examine your mouth and then decide whether or not you need X-rays.

If you are a new patient, the we may recommend X-rays to determine the present status of your oral health and have a baseline to help identify changes that may occur later. A new set of X-rays may also be needed to help your detect any new cavities, determine the status of your gum health or evaluate the growth and development of your teeth.

CyprusDental uses the latest technology of digital x-ray/radiography. This new method, which is not yet widely used in dental offices involves a small electronic sensor unit (instead of the tradiotional x-ray film) sending pictures to a computer to be recorded and saved. These image can be viewed on a computer screen. Research shows that less radiation is needed to make an image with digital radiography than with standard dental X-rays.

Digital dental X-rays are done to:

  • Find problems in the mouth such as tooth decay, damage to the bones supporting the teeth, and dental injuries (such as broken tooth roots). Dental X-rays are often done to find these problems early, before any symptoms are present.
  • Find teeth that are not in the right place or do not break through the gum properly. Teeth that are too crowded to break through the gums are called impacted.
  • Find cysts, solid growths (tumors), or abscesses.
  • Check for the location of permanent teeth growing in the jaw in children who still have their primary (or baby) teeth.
  • Plan treatment for large or extensive cavities, root canal surgery, placement of dental implants, and difficult tooth removals.
  • Plan treatment of teeth that are not lined up straight (orthodontic treatment).