Digital X-rays allow dentists like Susan Malibiran, DMD, to check the health and state of the areas between your teeth and the insides of your teeth. Dr. Malibiran provides comprehensive dental care, including digital X-rays, at Rio Dental in Rohnert Park, California, to help protect your dental wellness. If you’re due for a dental checkup or haven’t had dental X-rays in more than two years, call or book an appointment online today.
Preventive dental care is nearly impossible without dental X-rays. Most parts of your teeth are invisible to the naked eye. Digital X-rays let Dr. Malibiran see the inner parts of your teeth to evaluate your overall health more comprehensively.
For example, Dr. Malibiran can use digital X-rays to make sure there's no evidence of decay within your teeth or below a filling. Also, if any decay is present between your teeth, Dr. Malibiran can see it. Digital X-rays remain the most efficient way to determine if you are suffering from bone loss due to gum disease.
In addition to diagnosing dental conditions, Dr. Malibiran uses digital X-rays to plan the placement of dental implants, orthodontic treatments, and other dental procedures.
If you have good dental health, you should have standard bitewing dental X-rays every two to three years. Every three to five years, more comprehensive X-rays are necessary to ensure the roots of your teeth and the surrounding bone are healthy.
Due to their fast-paced growth rate, children need more frequent dental X-rays. X-rays show dentists if a child’s teeth are coming in the right way and if an orthodontic procedure is necessary.
Dental X-rays are safe for patients of all ages and health conditions. Digital X-rays do need to use a small amount of radiation to produce the images of your teeth and bones, but this level of radiation is so negligible it poses almost no risk. Today, the quantity of radiation needed is much lower thanks to advancements in dental technology for digital X-ray machines.
Even though Dr. Malibiran and her staff step out for the moment the picture is taken, they are exposed to radiation. They take anywhere from 10 to 15 X-rays per day. Even with this increased exposure, dental professionals are not at any great risk for cancer.
You can still have X-rays if you’re pregnant. Dr. Malibiran covers you with a special apron and thyroid collar as a precaution.
If you are due for a dental checkup or haven’t had dental X-rays in more than two years, call or book an appointment online today.