February 28, 2018
Prevention is key for great dentistry, and early diagnosis is an important aspect of conservative dental treatment. When we can catch issues like tooth decay or malfunctioning dental work almost as soon as they develop, it is easier to provide treatment that does not compromise too much of your surrounding tooth enamel. Dental X-rays are a vital tool in the early detection of these and other oral health hazards, which is why your dentist in Preston Hollow, Dr. Allison Fowler, recommends that all patients have periodic X-rays taken for preventive reasons. And, with digital X-rays, the process has never been easier (or safer) for patients of all ages!
The Importance of Dental X-Rays
It is not always possible to get the full image of your oral health through a visual check-up alone. Tooth decay may exist between the teeth, an old crown or filling could be leaking and leaving you at risk of infection, or teens may have wisdom teeth causing problems beneath their gum lines. These are just a few of the issues your dentist needs X-rays to view. By making visible things that cannot be seen with the naked eye, X-rays play a crucial role in preventive dental care. Your dentist will make a specific recommendation for the frequency you should receive X-rays based on your age, your oral health history, and other factors.
Why We Prefer Digital X-Rays
Dentistry is quickly going digital, and that includes with X-rays. Compared to traditional X-rays, which take time to develop and may expose you and your loved ones to unnecessary levels of radiation in the process, digital radiography is quick, simple, and safe. Digital X-rays are ready within seconds and visible on a clear screen located right at your chairside. The image is also cleaner and easier to interpret than a film X-ray can produce. What’s more, your dentist can highlight certain areas for more informed treatment planning and easier communication with you. Digital X-rays also expose patients to far less radiation in the process, for a safer procedure overall.
The benefits of digital X-rays include:
- Ready within seconds
- Easy to store compared to physical images
- Clearer and easier to read
- Quickly transferred between offices if needed
- Less radiation exposure
- Safe for patients of all ages
When Was Your Last Set of X-Rays?
Now that you know a little bit more about why X-rays are so valuable for preventive dentistry, we would like to ask — when was the last time you had your teeth thoroughly examined? If it has been a while, it may be time to get in touch with your general dentist. Your healthy smile depends on routine preventive care!
Meet the Dentist
Dr. Allison Fowler is a trusted Preston Hollow dentist providing comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages. To learn more about her services or to schedule an appointment for you or a loved one, you are welcome to contact the office by phone at 214-368-0018.
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