Digital Dental X-Rays
A visual exam can provide valuable information about the status of your oral health. Dr. Joe Osterbauer can identify wear patterns, fractured teeth, inflammation in your gum tissue, and even decay. A visual exam, however, does not give us the entire picture.
Are Dental X-Rays Necessary?
Bacteria can breach your protective enamel and eat away at the softer interior of your tooth, leading to deep decay, pain, infection, and even tooth loss. Dental x-rays allow us to see what is beneath the surface of your teeth and diagnose decay that may not be visible with the naked eye alone.
Monitoring your oral health with x-rays over time helps us to see any subtle changes in your teeth that may indicate a problem. Additionally, dental x-rays can help us monitor bone levels and identify certain types of cysts and tumors.
The Safety of Dental X-Rays
Patients often express concerns over the radiation emitted by dental and medical x-rays. At St. Anthony Village Dental Care, we use ultra low-radiation digital x-rays to protect your health. Digital x-rays emit up to 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays. Dental x-rays have always been among the lowest in radiation because of the small area they cover. With the implementation of digital x-rays, that low amount is reduced to less than what you get from being outside in the sun!
We only take the images necessary to diagnose any potential conditions. For most people, that means once yearly x-rays unless a problem arises. Dental x-rays are still the best and most inexpensive way to diagnose any oral health risks.
Greater Accuracy with High Resolution
Because the images produced digitally are high resolution, they help us diagnose conditions, such as decay, in its earliest stages. As with other types of digital imaging, Dr. Joe Osterbauer is able to zoom in and investigate any suspicious areas. He can adjust brightness and contrast to get a better view.
Digital dental x-rays eliminate the need for harmful chemicals to develop film. Just like a digital camera, digital dental x-rays appear almost instantly on our computer screens without the need for dark room development. X-rays are stored digitally, eliminating the need for film.
This provides you with faster results and protects our environment.
Convenient Record Transfer
In the event we refer you to a specialist for treatment, we can conveniently transfer your dental x-rays via email, saving time and making it easy for us to collaborate with specialists regarding your treatment.
Contact Us to Schedule Your Next Dental Exam
Is it time for your next preventive dental appointment? Call our St. Anthony, MN dental office today and set up an initial exam with Dr. Joe Osterbauer. Our entire team looks forward to giving you a warm welcome and helping you achieve an increased quality of life with a comfortable, healthy smile.