Dental x-rays have been a mainstay in providing high-quality dental care for many decades. The risks of exposure to excess radiation are well-documented, but patients in the Paxton, MA area can rest assured that we use the latest dental technologies to take low radiation dental x-rays, as well as take other precautions to minimize your exposure at Paxton Dental Care.
I went in to see Dr. Scott to get a chip in my front tooth fixed, which took at the most 15 minutes and it looks great! I complained of one of my molars bothering me. Dr Scott took the time to x-ray my tooth as well as took a picture to show me where the cavity was. We discussed all options identifying the least costly to most costly and we reviewed the benefits of each together. I appreciate the professioanlism of the staff, they all truly care! Elise took the time to schedule an appointment that worked for me and my schedule. They are all committed to providing the best customer service. All of my family see Dr. Scott, we would not go anywhere else!
Why dental x-rays are necessary
If your teeth and gums are not painful or exhibiting any symptoms of disease, you may be wondering why dental x-rays are even needed. In many cases, cavities and other dental issues are impossible to detect at their early stages, and do not cause any symptoms such as pain or sensitivity. Because only a small portion of the tooth is visible above the gumline and the roots, bone, and inner contents of the tooth are susceptible to decay and disease, we recommend taking x-rays at least once per year because they help us identify any potential issues that might be developing that are otherwise invisible to the naked eye. In addition, if you are experiencing any problems with your teeth and gums, a tooth radiograph can help us identify the source of the problem as well as help plan out your treatment.
There are multiple types of x-rays that can be taken to get a better look at what is happening inside your mouth:
- Bitewing x-rays are used to examine one area of the mouth and show the top of the crown down to the supporting bone
- Periapical x-rays are used to visualize the entire tooth, from the crown to beyond the tooth root and are used to diagnose issues with the root or bone structure
- Panoramic x-rays show the entire mouth in one x-ray, and can be useful for determining the position of your teeth (or teeth that have yet to emerge), as well as whether teeth are impacted or you have oral health issues such as tumors
- Full mouth x-rays are a set of x-rays that are used to visualize your entire mouth, and typically consist of a combination of bitewing, periapical, and/or panoramic x-rays
Schedule your exam today!
As part of our comprehensive preventive care strategy to help you maintain healthy teeth, x-rays at Paxton Dental Care are comfortable and convenient. We take the low-radiation x-rays during your routine hygiene visits and use state-of-the-art technology to take precise images that enhance your care while reducing your radiation exposure. In fact, dental x-rays using modern technologies expose you to less radiation than you are exposed to in just one day of everyday life on earth.
To schedule your appointment at our office in Paxton, MA, call (508) 557-2400 today!