Digital x-rays are a diagnostic tool that dentists use to see parts of your mouth that they can’t see during a visual examination. For example, many cavities start to form inside or between teeth.
If you develop a toothache and the decayed portion isn’t visible, your dentist in Winston-Salem will take a digital x-ray to diagnose the issue. Before they ever touch your tooth, they will know the cavity’s precise size and location.
Other issues a dental x-ray reveals are:
- Cavities inside and between teeth
- Decay beneath an existing filling
- Dental abscesses or other tooth root problems
- Impacted wisdom teeth
- Jawbone loss associated with gum disease
- Changes to bone due to infected teeth
- Tumors and cysts
Digital x-rays are especially beneficial because they are highly detailed and allow our dentists to see even the tiniest cavities. Because they can detect a cavity in its very early stages, they can fill the tooth long before you would ever develop a toothache.
Another benefit of digital x-rays is that they expose our patients to about 80 percent less radiation than film x-rays. Our patients’ safety is a top priority, and digital x-rays are another way to protect our patients.
Schedule Your Next Dental Exam with Us
Do you have questions about dental x-rays or need to schedule your next exam and teeth cleaning? At the dental practice of Jeffrey J. Tibbs DDS, we proudly serve patients in Winston-Salem, Clemmons, Lewisville, and Muddy Creek, and surrounding communities.
If you’re interested in saving on routine dentistry or financing your treatment, we are pleased to offer an in-house dental membership plan and also accept CareCredit.