Traditional film x-rays are no longer used in our dental surgery, having been replaced by more accurate, more efficient digital x-rays. Not only do these mean less radiation exposure for our patients—you are likely to encounter more radiation on a two-hour aeroplane flight or a jaunt in the Australian sunshine—but they provide accuracy and convenience.
Often patients wonder why x-rays are necessary. We like to take them periodically because x-rays are a crucial diagnostic tool when it comes to your preventive dental care program. With regular digital x-rays, our dentists can monitor changes in your oral health. We can also spot problems while they are still so small, they are invisible to the naked eye. The advantage of this? You can address dental issues while they are small, so treatment is usually quicker, less invasive and less expensive.
Digital x-rays are easily enlarged so we can home in on specific areas in question. The convenience of electronic transfer of digital x-rays means that we can get them to insurance companies or specialists, so needed treatment is less likely to be delayed.