Dental radiographs are invaluable aids in diagnosing, treating, and maintaining dental health. Dr. Mead chooses carefully which and when radiographs are taken.
Invaluable diagnostic tool
Radiographs allow us to see everything we cannot see with our own eyes. Dr. Mead uses cavity-detecting films to identify decay in between your teeth, determine bone level, and analyze the health of your bone. We also use films that examine the roots and nerves of teeth, diagnose lesions such as cysts or tumors, as well as assess damage when trauma occurs. Panoramic x-rays allow visualization of a patient’s entire jaw and all teeth. These films are particularly useful in evaluating the need for orthodontics, wisdom tooth removal, and joint therapy.
Lower radiation, more information
Exposure time for dental radiographs is extremely minimal. Dr. Mead utilizes only digital imaging within his office. With digital imaging, exposure time is about 50 percent less when compared to traditional radiographs. This results in 1/6th the radiation exposure to you.
Digital imaging helps us retrieve valuable diagnostic information. Because we are able to view images on a computer monitor, instead of holding up a 35mm film to a light, we have more precision in identification and diagnosis of problems.