Digital radiography (digital x-ray) is the latest technology Dr. Goldberg uses to take dental x-rays. This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. This image can instantly be viewed and enlarged helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems easier. Digital x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.
Dental x-rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists also use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!
We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. Digital x-rays produce a significantly lower level of radiation compared to traditional dental x-rays. Not only are digital x-rays better for your health and safety, they are also faster and more comfortable to take, which reduces your time in the dental office. Also, since the digital image is captured electronically, there is no need to develop the x-rays, thus eliminating the disposal of harmful waste and chemicals into the environment.
Even though digital x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered very safe, dentists still take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation. These precautions include only taking those x-rays that are necessary, and using lead apron shields to protect the body.
The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based upon the review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and risk of disease.
We recommend a full mouth series of dental x-rays for new patients. A full series is usually good for three to five years. We take Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) at recall (check-up) visits and recommend them once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.
Intra-oral cameras are photographic cameras that can take a picture of your tooth. Dr. Goldberg can then place the picture on a TV screen and show you what he’s looking at. A picture is worth a thousand words, and this cutting-edge tool will help you understand and appreciate what he is explaining. Another benefit is that the picture can be sent to insurance companies so claims won’t reject them as much.
Small areas of decay (scientifically known as “caries”) traditionally are determined by sharp hand instruments and the dentist’s experience level. A new piece of equipment called “Spectra” is much more accurate and helps us determine if a decay process is underway in a tooth, often before we can even see it. By intercepting the cavity while its small, a very conservative filling can be placed into the tooth. This not only eliminates the cavity but helps to prevent the need for larger and more expensive treatment, such as root canals and crowns.
A cavity is produced by bacteria. When the process is underway, there is a by-product called “porphyrins.” The special light of the Spectra® unit can expose the porphyrins, which can cause fluorescence that the machine can measure. It is a very specific process, with a very little margin of error.
Sometimes patients have a hard time believing that they have a cavity. They usually say, “nothing hurts.” Its only when a cavity is significantly deeper that you will feel pain, and by this time, you are risking a root canal. Compare this process to other things you can’t see: you can’t see the carbon monoxide that can build up in your house, you can’t see the cholesterol that may build up in your arteries, and you can’t see radon should it be present in your basement. But there are tests to pick these things up, and now we have a test to pick up decay in teeth with a large degree of accuracy!
Spectra® is a very powerful tool that Dr. Goldberg has found invaluable to maintain his patient’s oral health. It allows him to bring a greater level of accuracy to the diagnoses he makes. This is why he’s incorporated into his practice: for your health!
The use of the 3D Cone Beam CT allows dentists to accompany procedures such as general preventative care, extractions, implants, endodontics, and orthodontics with the power of targeted 3D scans.
1. Repeatability: The built-in functionality of this system allows Dr. Goldberg to acquire detailed, high-quality consistent images.
2. Flexibility: Allowing for different types of images across a wide range of situations, The 3D Cone Beam allows Dr. Goldberg to capture necessary images for the procedure he needs to perform.
3. Powerful 3D CBCT: Dr. Goldberg can be view the images he takes in several directions which can help him determine the success of the procedure. With these images, Dr Goldberg can: