X-Rays have transformed medical and dental treatment. They allow us to see ‘inside’ seemingly solid material. In the case of dentistry an intraoral X-Ray produces the picture of a patient’s jaw to see the condition of the bone and teeth. There are also extraoral X-Rays that produce a film of the outside of the mouth. At United Dental Care we examine dental X-Rays are part of standard procedure when considering the best form of treatment for our patients.
These X-Rays are the most common, and useful. They provide a picture which can highlight cavities, problems with the roots of the teeth and the general health of bone. They can concentrate on particular areas of the mouth showing decay and bone density as a result of gum disease. Indeed our dentists will be able to see everything in great detail before deciding on a course of treatment especially when discussions revolve around whether implants are practical.
These X-Rays are less detailed but provide a more general picture of the skull, jaw and help in identifying problem areas that might develop.
An X-Ray can now be sent directly to a computer screen for examination seconds after it is taken. Parts of the X-Ray can then be enlarged to see the smallest of details. If second opinions are needed the image can be sent instantly to get that opinion. It is possible to compare the current X-Ray with previous ones of the same patient to monitor change over time using the latest software. Nothing escapes which can happen if the detail is too small for the naked eye.
United Dental Care uses the latest technology and techniques to ensure that our patients receive the best care possible. Patients should determine to make regular visits so that they can be certain of the health of their teeth and gums.