When the patient, dentist, and dental team work together to prevent the development of conditions such as periodontal disease and tooth decay, they can preserve the patient’s natural dentition and oral structures for a lifetime. This is known as preventive dentistry and is a cooperative and proactive approach to oral health and wellness. Prevention starts at home with proper oral hygiene habits and a nutritional, balanced diet every day. Visiting the dentist regularly for dental examinations, cleanings, and x-rays can help in safeguarding the smile from damage, as well as the application of fluoride and dental sealants. By taking a proactive approach through preventative care, patients can avoid serious complications and expensive dental issues later on down the road and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile they are confident to share with others!
At RB Dental Excellence in San Diego, FL, Dr. Lozano is pleased to use the latest technology in his office, including the use of digital x-rays. Instead of using x-ray film and high levels of radiation exposure, digital x-rays use an electronic sensor to capture images for viewing and storing on a computer. The image that results can be enlarged and viewed right off of a computer monitor to help the dentist and his dental team diagnose problems easier and store the information for future recall. Digital x-rays are known to also reduce radiation exposure up to 90% lower than traditional dental x-rays.
Patients need dental x-rays as they provide valuable information that cannot be seen during a physical evaluation of the smile by the dentist and his team. The staff of RB Dental Excellence utilizes the knowledge gained from digital x-rays to easily detect abnormalities or problems underneath the gumline and inside of teeth to develop a treatment plan that meets a patient’s unique needs. Without the use of dental x-rays, many conditions and problems can go undetected and untreated, becoming costly and time-consuming to address at a future appointment.
While dental x-rays are a vital part of the diagnostic and preventive aspect of dentistry, many patients are worried about their exposure to radiation and whether or not it is safe for them. Traditional dental x-rays produce a significant amount of radiation exposure, even though we are exposed to radiation every day within our environment. Digital x-rays are far safer and healthier for the patient while also comfortable, faster, and convenient. Because digital images retrieved from these x-rays are captured electronically and do not require the film to develop, it eliminates the disposal of chemicals and harmful waste that are accumulated with traditional x-ray use. Even with low levels of radiation, our team will take the necessary steps to limit exposure, including the use of a lead apron shield for protecting the patient’s body.
Each patient’s dental needs are different. Typically, patients will obtain a full mouth series of x-rays when they are new to our practice. Afterward, patients might have x-rays done every 3-5 years. Bite-wing x-rays are done more often and are used to monitor for new, potential dental problems that may require further assistance.