Intraoral x-rays are an important part of providing dental care. While a dentist can view the outer portions of your teeth and gums during a visual exam, there are many essential parts of your tooth and bone structure that contribute to a healthy mouth that simply cannot be seen by the naked eye. At Martin Taylor Dentistry, Tucson, AZ area patients can benefit from the latest digital dental x-ray technology, which assists our dentists in diagnosing and treating you more effectively.
Benefits of digital mouth x-rays
There are two kinds of x-rays available in dentistry: traditional film x-rays, and the newer digital x-rays. Both are used to see what is happening in the inner structures of your teeth and jaw, but digital x-rays offer several advantages over traditional films, which is why Dr. Martin and Dr. Taylor have committed to using only digital x-ray technology in their practice:
- The images are much larger and offer more detail than film
- Digital images can be manipulated, which means that the dentists can zoom in and alter the contrast of the images for a clearer, more accurate picture of what is happening in your mouth
- They are immediate, which means we can pull your tooth x-rays up on the screen right next to you while you are in the dental chair and use them as a powerful educational tool
What about radiation?
Many patients are concerned about being exposed to radiation through dental x-rays. The great news is that modern dental x-rays are safe—even the traditional film x-rays—and expose you to only very low doses of radiation. As an example, it would take thousands of dental film x-rays to equal the amount of radiation you are exposed to in a single MRI; and digital x-rays expose you to even less radiation! Digital x-rays use less radiation than you’d be exposed to during one day in the sun.
Modern dentistry in a friendly atmosphere
While we use the latest dental techniques at Martin Taylor Dentistry, our office is anything but the cold and unfriendly environment you might envision when you think of the technological future. With warm and friendly staff and a comfortable atmosphere, we are here to welcome your family into our dental home. Call our Tucson, AZ office today at (520) 600-6925 to schedule your appointment!