Everything you need to know concerning x-rays and CT scans

Various imaging tests are commonly used to diagnose dental conditions that are difficult to see using your naked eyes. That is why dentists may recommend additional tests like x-rays and CT scans to help them develop an accurate diagnosis. Therefore, if your care provider has recommended some additional tests, Hilliard X-Rays are the best because a team of experienced specialists are qualified and certified to offer digital x-rays and cone-beam computed tomography scans to ensure a proper diagnosis of dental conditions. Below is all you should know concerning dental x-rays and CT scans.

What are x-rays used for?

Generally, your health care provider may use x-rays when they want to have an in-depth look at the condition and structure of your mouth. Some examples of situations that may warrant a detailed look at your smile include evaluating your tooth for a root canal, diagnosing abnormal lesions like tumors, cysts, or cancers, the extent of tooth infection, and needing bone grafting before dental implants, and whether you have sleep apnea.

What types of x-rays are commonly used?

The health care facility is well equipped with various advanced x-ray devices to ensure the best images are captured for accurate diagnosis. They include:

·         CBCT scanners

CBCT refers to a cone-beam computed tomography scanner that helps your care provider take a 3-dimensional image of your soft tissues, teeth, airway, oral bones, and nerve pathways. It enables your care provider to view the inside of your mouth in all directions. Since CBCT scan produces precise images, your care provider better understands your dental requirements. Therefore, accurate results are obtained because there is no guesswork common when traditional x-rays are used.

·         Digital x-rays

Digital x-rays involve using a digital sensor rather than a traditional x-ray film to assist in getting an in-depth look at your mouth tissues and teeth. A digital x-ray has various advantages, including viewing and enlarging the images to help your care provider detect any problems. Secondly, it reduces your exposure to radiation by approximately ninety percent. Finally, it does not require film processing, which involves using harmful chemicals.

What happens during a CT scan?

It is a simple and non-invasive procedure that requires a few minutes to complete. Similarly, dental CT scans vary from body scans because you are not isolated in an enclosed room during the procedure. All you must do is sit on the examination chair and remain calm as the CT scan machine rotates around your head. Additionally, it is different from traditional x-rays because they do not bite down any plastic during the procedure. It also only takes a few seconds for the scan to get a full picture of the whole mouth, allowing you to immediately resume your daily activities. No downtime, pain, or recovery period is required after the procedure because it provides a detailed image of your mouth to help your care provider give exceptional dental care.

Some dental conditions are difficult to diagnose or detect using our naked eyes. In this case, if your care provider has recommended additional tests like x-rays or dental scans, you can get started by calling or booking your appointment at Innovative Dental Ideas today.