At Access Family Dental Care, we use the Scan-X system for our x-rays.
It uses the same low dose of radiation as digital systems, but it uses film sized sensors that are much more comfortable than the bulky digital sensors. The images are scanned and converted to a digital format.
Being able to do X-rays in house allows us to evaluate your oral health and identify problems such as cavities, tooth decay, impacted teeth, and more. These are things that may not be visible during a regular dental exam. The X-rays make it possible for us to be able to see between and inside of your teeth. We can also see the tip of your roots and the bone underneath your gums. These are places that are not normally visible to the naked eye.
Similar to brushing and flossing, getting regular dental X-rays is an important part of your overall oral health. Dental X-rays are typically performed yearly but can happen more often if you have a dental problem that we need to track the progress of. We use them to aid us in diagnosing any specific or isolated dental problems that you may be experiencing.
Because our machine uses low doses of radiation, it is completely safe and your exposure is negligible.
We recommend that all of our new patients have an X-ray to determine the present status of your oral health and to have a baseline to help identify changes that may occur later. If you have radiographs from a previous dentist, you may ask for copies and bring them to us at your first visit. However, we may still need a new set of X-rays to check for new cavities and to determine the status of your gum health and to evaluate the growth and development of your teeth.