Imaging Specialist

Relief Dental -  - Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dentistry

Relief Dental

Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Tucker, GA

X-rays are essential for detecting oral health problems that might be hidden, providing enhanced detailed visuals of your mouth’s condition. At Relief Dental in Tucker, Georgia, we use state-of-the-art imaging to effectively and accurately diagnose your oral health issues. Call the friendly office team today or request a reservation online.

Imaging Q & A

What is imaging?

Imaging involves taking dental X-rays of your teeth to evaluate the condition of your oral health. The X-rays put out very small amounts of radiation to capture pictures of the inside of your teeth and gums, allowing our care team to identify problems that might be hidden.

When should I have imaging done?

If you’re a new patient, our team may take a full series of dental X-rays, which you only need to have taken every 3-5 years. However, bite-wing X-rays of your upper and lower teeth occur at every annual checkup. 

If you have a dental issue or symptoms of oral disease, we may need to take images more often.

X-rays can determine if you have:

  • Issues below your gum line
  • Improper root positioning
  • Decay between your teeth
  • Bone loss
  • Abscesses
  • Cysts
  • Impacted teeth
  • Tumors 

Imaging can also detect other abnormalities that can’t be seen with the naked eye.

What types of imaging are used?

Relief Dental uses traditional dental X-rays and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). The conventional type produces 2D images, used at your routine exams. The CBCT exam provides 3D radiograph images, providing a more enhanced, detailed visual for concerning dental issues.

The CBCT system rotates around your head, capturing images, using a cone-shaped X-ray beam that takes pictures of your:

  • Teeth
  • Mouth
  • Jaw
  • Neck
  • Ears
  • Nose
  • Throat

Our care team uses the CBCT system for various applications, such as dental implant planningand dental trauma.

Is imaging safe?

X-rays expose you to radiation, but the levels are so low that they’re deemed safe.

Before your X-rays begin, your provider gives you a lead blanket to put over your chest, abdomen, and lower body to protect your body from radiation, preventing unnecessary exposure to other organs. 

Traditional X-rays rely on 2D imaging that requires multiple exposures. The 3D imaging collects much more data, typically only using a single scan that gives our care team a clear diagnosis.

The conventional 2D scans are used for routine checkups, but the 3D scans are needed for supplemental exams when needing additional information.

To learn more about imaging, call Relief Dental today for an appointment or request a reservation online.