Our goal at Dr. Mirani’s office is to assure the latest technological advancement in dentistry that reduces any potential health issue for patients. That’s why we use digital dental x-rays; it reduces the patient’s expose to radiation up to 80% and it allows for a detailed analysis of teeth, gums and jawbone.
What are Digital X-Rays and how do they work?
Digital dental X-Rays use an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) to capture and store digital images on a computer. The image can be instantly viewed and enlarged helping the dentist to detect problems faster and more accurately. Digital X-Rays can also incorporate color coding to highlight problems like decay inside the teeth. The greatest advantage of all is the X-ray can be developed into 3-D images, pinpointing problems precisely.
Another advantages of digital dental X-Rays is that the radiographs can be digitally compared to previous radiographs in a process called subtraction radiography. The computer can digitally compare the two images, subtract out everything that is the same and give a clear image of anything that is different. This means that tiny changes that may not be noticeable with the naked eye can be caught earlier and more clearly with digital-subtraction radiography.
With the use of digital X-Rays, Dr. Mirani, Beverly Hills dentist, can also send the images of your teeth immediately to a specialist if she needs to refer a patient to another doctor or simply to get a second opinion for a diagnosis or treatment program. Digital x-rays can help to identify abscesses, bone loss from gum disease, cavities, cysts, impacted teeth, extra teeth and tumors
What is it like to take Digital X-rays?
The digital x-ray process is painless and somewhat more comfortable to take than traditional x-rays.
A technician glides a small electronic sensor inside a patient’s mouth. The sensor sends digital images to a computer in the exam room where they can be viewed and saved. Unlike traditional x-rays, the patient is not required to bite down on small plates of plastic or cardboard. In the old way, the plate that holds x-ray film causes many patients to gag. This process is repeated several times in order to get views of the patient’s entire mouth.
How often are Digital X-Rays Needed?
X-rays are usually required upon a new patient’s initial examination. Otherwise, X-Rays are usually needed every 2-3 years for patients with no oral health problems. However, patients who are high risk for cavities or advanced gum disease may need x-rays more frequently. Remember, to take your x-rays with you if you change dentists, so if they are current, you will not have to repeat the procedure with the new doctor.
How do I know if need Digital X-Rays?
Dr. Mirani helps dental patients throughout Beverly Hills to achieve optimal oral heath through regular checkups, x-rays and cleanings. Call Dr. Mirani’s office today at (310) 858-5933 or email us to schedule your appointment and learn more about digital X-Rays, general examinations and cleanings.