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DIGITAL X-RAYS

Digital X-Rays

Digital X-Rays

We use state-of-the-art digital X-rays and digital cameras to help with an accurate diagnosis of any concerns. Digital X-rays use less radiation to get a diagnostic picture of your teeth and they help the environment by eliminating the use of chemicals to process the film.

Dental X-rays are a useful diagnostic tool when helping us 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. Dr. Gilmore will review your history, examine your mouth and then decide whether or not you need new X-rays.

New Patients

For new patients, Dr. Gilmore may recommend X-rays to observe the status of your oral health and have a baseline to help identify changes that may occur later. X-rays may be needed to help detect any new cavities, determine the status of your gum health or evaluate the growth and development of your teeth.

Dental X-ray exams are safe; however, they do require very low levels of radiation exposure, which makes the risk of potentially harmful effects very small. Tools and techniques are designed to limit the body's exposure to radiation and every precaution is taken to ensure that radiation exposure is As Low As Reasonable Achievable (the ALARA principle). A leaded apron minimizes exposure to the abdomen and may be used when it will not interfere with acquisition of the dental radiograph.

Are you pregnant?

Make sure to tell your dentist. You may need to have X-rays taken as part of your treatment plan for a dental disease. Use of the leaded apron and thyroid collar will protect you and your fetus from radiation exposure. There is no need to delay dental x-rays if you are trying to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

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