We utilize digital X-rays (radiography) at Gulf Coast Dental Care of Biloxi to ensure that our dentist’s care is accurate, safe, and effective. Dr. Grafton Teets uses digital x-rays in combination with an oral exam to get a more complete picture of what is going on in your mouth. They allow Dr. Teets to see your hard tissues (teeth and bones) as well as the surrounding soft tissues.
Our team uses digital radiography to identify and diagnose several types of dental problems, such as:
- Areas of decay in teeth, between teeth and under existing fillings
- Periodontal (gum) disease
- Cysts and abscesses
- Fractures in existing fillings
- Some types of tumors
- Infection in the tooth nerves
- Bone loss
We may also use digital dental X-rays to plan certain kinds of dental treatment, such as oral surgery procedures, root canal treatment, dental implants, and treatment of gum disease.
Why does Dr. Teets like digital X-rays?
- The process is faster than taking conventional film x-rays. Dr. Teets can instantly view the high-quality images on monitors right in the treatment room, and he can show you what he’s seeing and explain it to you.
- Digital x-rays are more comfortable. They use a small digital sensor to take images of your teeth, unlike traditional X-rays that ask a patient to bite down on a square of film.
- Digital X-rays are friendly to the environment. They do not use film and require no chemicals to develop the images.
- Sending digital x-rays is more convenient. Our office can easily send electronic copies to insurance companies to speed up claim processing. Also, if you are referred to a specialist, we can e-mail that office a copy of the x-ray that has clarity and arrives quickly.
- Digital x-rays require lower radiation exposure than conventional x-rays. Routine x-rays (4 bitewings) expose a person to about .005 mSv which is less than one day’s natural background exposure to radiation. It is about the same amount that a person would be exposed to during a 1–2 hour flight.
Dr. Teets and his team at Gulf Coast Dental Care of Biloxi use digital x-rays to provide you with efficient, accurate diagnoses and care
To learn more about digital radiography and how we use X-rays at our office, we welcome you to call 228-273-8989 or visit us soon.