MD Periodontics takes radiation exposure seriously
Getting dental X-rays periodically is a necessary part of your oral care routine, just like having regular dental exams and daily brushing and flossing. While digital dental X-rays have been around for a while now, not all dental practices use them. This type of X-ray equipment is expensive. At MD Periodontics, our patients’ well-being is our top priority and if there is a way to minimize your radiation exposure, it’s a worthy investment.
To be honest, the radiation exposure that you get from dental X-rays is negligible (plus there’s that lead apron and thyroid collar to keep you extra safe). In fact, you are exposed to more background radiation in your day-to-day life than you are when you get X-rays at your dentist. In fact, your radiation exposure for a routine exam with four bitewing X-rays is the same as a one hour airplane flight.
The beauty of digital dental radiographs is that they expose you to up to 80 percent less radiation than traditional X-rays. And, as far as we are concerned, since you can’t control the amount of radiation you receive in your daily life, why not lessen your radiation exposure whenever possible? That’s what we’d like for ourselves and our family members and we’ll accept no less for our patients.
Digital X-rays offer additional advantages
There are other benefits to digital radiography that make it easier for us to keep you and your other dental care providers well informed about your oral health. These benefits include:
- Immediate viewing of the digital image on a computer screen (so we can show you any developing dental problems not visible to the naked eye right in the dental office)
- Ability to enhance the images on the spot for improved viewing of fine details (a valuable diagnostic tool for discovering tooth decay, signs of gum disease, or subtle bone loss)
- Easy storage of images for future comparison
- Ability to email images to you or other dental health practitioners involved in your care to review your treatment plan
When you need more in-depth imaging than an X-ray machine can provide (including your soft tissue and TMG (temporomandibular joint)), our dental professionals can use cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) to create a 3D image of your entire mouth and head. Learn more about these advanced CT scans here!
How are Digital X-rays done?
Digital X-rays are performed in a similar way to traditional film X-rays. Only, instead of placing X-ray film into the patient’s mouth, the dental professional will place electronic sensors which collect the X-ray data.
Digital X-rays can be used for all types of imaging:
- panoramic X-rays
- periapical X-rays (X-rays of a single tooth)
- bite wings
- occlusal (X-ray performed with mouth closed to see how bite lines up)
At MD Periodontics, your well-being is Priority #1
Two of the most trusted and respected periodontist and holistic dentists in Beverly Hills are the board-certified husband and wife team of Dr. Abdy Moshrefi, DDS, and Dr. Nazanin Daneshmand, DDS.
At MD Periodontics in Beverly Hills, our commitment to providing our patients with unsurpassed care means that we invest in state-of-the-art technology to provide the best available diagnostic and surgical capabilities available anywhere today.
To schedule a consultation, click here or call us at (310) 859-9449. Your smile will thank you!
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