Digital Imaging and X-Rays
Dr. Lund, Dr. Lund and Dr. Pearlstein choose carefully which and when radiographs are taken. There are many guidelines that we follow. Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes.
Radiographs enable us to detect cavities in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We can also examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs.
Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Drs. Lund, Lund and Pearlstein utilize Digital Imaging Technologies within the office.
With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. Digital imaging can also help us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. We may be able to see cavities better.
Digital imaging allows us to store patient images and enables us to quickly and easily transfer them to specialists or insurance companies.
Many patients, especially younger patients, are very familiar with the latest technology and are comfortable with the high tech practice. Computers and TV screens are their primary method of information processing.
Drs. Lund, Lund and Pearlstein utilize Intraoral Camera technology that helps enhance your understanding of your diagnosis. An Intraoral Camera is a very small camera – in some cases, just a few millimeters long.
An Intraoral Camera allows our practice to view clear, precise images of your mouth, teeth, and gums, in order for us to accurately make a diagnosis. With clear, defined, enlarged images, you see details that may be missed by standard mirror examinations. This can mean faster diagnosis with less chair-time for you!
Intra oral cameras also enable our practice to save your images in our office computer to provide a permanent record of treatments. These images can be printed for you, other specialists, and your lab or insurance companies.
Digital X-rays offer more precision since we view the image on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film up to the light. Digital X-rays result in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.
Why You Need to Have X-rays Taken?
Here at Lund Dental Associates we strive to provide the most up to date technology to all of our patients. We are conveniently located in Stoneham, Massachusetts, and also serves the surrounding communities of Reading, Wakefield, and North Reading.
X-rays are an extremely important part of the dental visit. Although by actually looking at your teeth we can diagnose many problems, x-rays are needed to help us see what we can’t with the naked eye. Without x-rays certain problems could be overlooked, leading to but not limited to:
- Bad breath
- Chewing difficulty
- Loss of teeth
The x-rays we use in our office are digital, which means that besides having an image on the computer screen which can be magnified, contrasted, and displayed in 3-D, you are getting about 20% of the radiation per film taken versus a regular dental x-ray. We also limit your x-ray exposure by having you wear a lead apron and aiming the x-ray beam only at the structures of which we want an image.
The benefits to be derived from necessary dental x-rays are far greater than the hazards. If your dentist missed finding a tumor that could destroy half a jaw bone or missed decay that could develop from a simple filling to a root canal and crown treatment, would you feel that the refusal to have x-rays was realistic? Most people feel that such a real saving in health or economic costs is worth it.
To put the amount of radiation you receive into perspective, you would have to have 950 digital intraoral x-rays taken to equal the amount of radiation the average citizen picks up from naturally occurring background sources each year.
Bitewings are the x-rays that let us see what is going on between the teeth. These x-rays are taken every 1-2 years. The cavities that occur between the teeth are very hard, if not impossible, to see during a clinical exam (unless the cavity is very large). Bitewings allow us to see these very cavities. They also let us see the bone level, which is important in determining if you have periodontal (gum) disease.
Periapical x-rays show us a picture of the whole tooth. They are the x-rays that are taken if you have pain or a problem with a specific tooth. These x-rays allow us to see if there is an infection, fracture, or other problem concerning a tooth.
A panoramic x-ray, which gives you a view of all the teeth and jaw at once, is excellent for evaluation of trauma, third molars, tooth development, and certain anomalies. It is taken once every 5 years