X-ray imaging technology is an integral aspect of modern healthcare. Since its invention in the late 19th century, it has proven to be an essential medical tool in detecting many internal health issues that are not easily detectable with the naked eyes. X-rays provide the ability for medical professionals to look inside our bodies and assess our health without performing any intrusive procedures. Modern dentistry also relies on x-ray technology to detect dental health issues.
Digital x-ray imaging used for dental health assessment involves passing a small electromagnetic radiation through the mouth and jaw areas to produce high-contrast images of the interior structures. The technology is based on the radiation absorption rates of different organic tissues in our bodies. For example, denser tissues like bones have the highest absorption rate therefore they will appear bright white on x-ray images. Softer tissues, like gums, have lower absorption rate and will appear almost transparent on the images.
Dental x-rays are normally required when you see a dentist for the first time. As part of a comprehensive oral health assessment, x-rays are extremely useful in helping the dentist to detect any hidden dental problems that you might have. The procedure is performed by a qualified dental technician, but the assessment of the images will be done by a dentist.
Apart from detecting dental caries, dental x-rays can also detect wisdom teeth, jaw position, gum and bone diseases. This safe and painless procedure can be completed in a matter of minutes. Digital x-ray images are sent directly to a computer for immediate viewing and analysis. Many people are wary about the safety of x-rays due to radiation exposure, but studies have shown that the diagnostic and treatment benefits of dental x-rays far outweigh any potential consequences.