When do you need a dental x-ray?

If you’re having a general check-up, taking dental X-rays helps us to better understand what’s going on in the areas we can’t see.

At Island Dental, we use digital imaging, a 2D computer-based system, rather than traditional photographic X-ray films. First, an electronic sensor is placed in your mouth to take an image of your troubling tooth, for example. Then it sends the image, virtually instantly, to a computer monitor for the dentist – and you – to view.

Adult dental care Adelaide includes dental X-Ray
Our Digital OPG machine gives a full panoramic view of your jaw and teeth – without having to send you out to a specialist X-Ray centre.

Benefits of digital imaging

  • The images can be seen on a screen, stored or printed out in a matter of minutes.
  • They can be manipulated in a number of ways, such as enhancing and enlarging, to make it easier for the dentist to see issues that may not be found by doing only a visual dental exam.
  • Digital imaging vastly reduces radiation emission, exposing you to 90% less radiation than traditional photographic X-rays. It’s non-invasive and painless.
  • It also helps you, the patient, to better understand your dental situation.
  • The digital file can be sent electronically to other dental or health specialists, if needed.

Other types of dental X-rays we use

At our practice, we’ve also installed a digital OPG machine that can perform an orthopantogram – a scan that gives a panoramic view of your jaw and teeth. It allows us to obtain and investigate many different aspects of your oral health with a single X-ray rather than multiple X-rays. It gives a complete view of the mouth, teeth, jaws, sinuses, nasal complexes and facial bones.

We might perform an OPG scan during a general check-up, or when we need more information on the causes of dental pain, wisdom teeth issues, periodontal bone loss, orthodontics and diagnosis of jaw joint conditions like TMD.

Due for your routine check-up and X-Rays?

To schedule an appointment, call Island Dental today on (08) 8449 9777.

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