When X-rays pass through your mouth during a dental exam, more X-rays are absorbed by the denser parts (such as teeth and bone) than by soft tissues (such as cheeks and gums) before striking the film. This creates an image on the radiograph. Teeth appear lighter because fewer X-rays penetrate to reach the film. Cavities and gum disease appear darker because of more X-ray penetration. The interpretation of these X-rays allows the dentist to safely and accurately detect hidden abnormalities.
How often dental X-rays (radiographs) should be taken depends on the patient`s individual health needs. It is important to recognize that just as each patient is different from the next, so should the scheduling of X-ray exams be individualized for each patient. Your medical and dental history will be reviewed and your mouth examined before a decision is made to take X-rays of your teeth.
The schedule for needing radiographs at recall visits varies according to your age, risk for disease and signs and symptoms. Recent films may be needed to detect new cavities, or to determine the status of gum disease or for evaluation of growth and development. Children may need X-rays more often than adults. This is because their teeth and jaws are still developing and because their teeth are more likely to be affected by tooth decay than those of adults.
3D Imaging Technology
At Dr. Aki Shirakura and Associates, we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of technology to benefit our patients. We use the most up to date and safest equipment to ensure the best care. One of the main ways we do this is with our 3D Imaging x-rays.
What is 3D Imaging?
3D Imaging is the most efficient view of your entire mouth and jaw. It allows us to see everything in order to diagnose you the most accurately. Traditional dental X-rays can capture two-dimensional (2-D or flat) views, while a 3D image captures anatomical structures with less distortion, more clarity, and unlimited perspectives of areas of interest. Making it the safest most accurate diagnostic method.
What is the benefit of 3D Imaging?
The most important benefit of 3D imaging is it lowers the amount of radiation by 77% compared to traditional x-rays. It is equal to the amount of radiation you would be exposed to on a flight from New York to California!