There are two types of dental radiographs: digital and conventional (analog). The newer form of radiographs are digital, which allow faster observation of the images with very low radiation.
Some people are worried about the radiation used in dentistry. Dental radiographs use a very small amount of radiation and it is directed exactly to the site where it is needed. The amount of radiation required for one dental radiograph (bitewing or periapical) is about the same amount of radiation you receive by standing in a parking lot in the sun for a few minute, or riding on an airplane for a few minutes. The fear of dental radiographs, which are used with caution and good judgment, is totally unfounded. The extremely minimal amount of radiation present in dental radiographs is far outweighed by the diagnostic advantage provided by the radiographs.
Our state-of-the-art digital X-rays emit significantly less radiation than conventional X-rays and are also faster and more comfortable. With no lengthy chemical processing required, the images are available on our computer screen within seconds.
We use digital X-rays in dental exams of patients of all ages. Because many problems with the teeth and surrounding tissues cannot be seen by the naked eye, X-rays are needed to reveal:
Oral cancer is not something you hear about on a routine basis. Oral cancer has been related to smoking, chewing tobacco, irritation of oral soft tissue, various foods, alcohol and many other potential causes. However, contrary to popular knowledge, oral cancer has a slightly higher death rate than the more well-known cancer, melanoma. There are over 40,000 new cases of oral cancer each year in the U.S. When oral cancer is treated, often the result is disfiguring to the face. Oral cancer is often fatal.
While there are several methods to determine if you may have oral cancer, our office uses the most cutting edge technology recognized by the World Health Organization for early detection of oral cancer, while it is still easy to treat.
The VELscope Vx helps us identify oral disease early with blue light that stimulates natural fluorescence in the soft tissues of the mouth, showing disease not visible to the naked eye under ordinary light. One of the most important tasks of this VELscope Vx screening is to help locate areas that might, if not treated, progress to oral cancer.
Please ask us about oral cancer screening today.