Digital Dental X-Rays
It’s no secret that regular dental care can help you maintain your smile for a lifetime. If you have regular dental visits that focus on prevention, you should be able to address any conditions that arise at an early stage of development – when it is easier to treat.
By approaching dental care with a preventive philosophy rather than a reactive one, we can help you keep your natural teeth healthy and often avoid the need for dental implants or dentures.
The Importance of Diagnostics in Dentistry
Dr. Jessie Scott cares deeply about the health of her patients and delivers outstanding dentistry to benefit their oral health. Part of that is her approach to diagnosing conditions as early as possible when they are easiest and least expensive to treat. At your dental exam, you will receive a comprehensive evaluation and visual exam. Your comprehensive exam provides Dr. Scott with valuable information about your current oral health, but it only tells part of the story.
To see what we cannot detect with the naked eye alone, digital dental x-rays provide us with valuable diagnostic information, which in turn helps us give you the best dental care possible.
The Benefits of Digital Dental X-Rays
Dental x-rays have always been low in radiation compared to other medical x-rays. With the implementation of digital technology, we have reduced radiation by an additional 80-90 percent, making them ultra safe and accurate. You actually get more radiation just by being outside!
Once we take an x-ray of your tooth, the high-resolution image appears instantly on our computer screens. Just like with digital photos, Dr. Jessie Scott can zoom in, adjust brightness and contrast, and even compare it instantly to your previous x-rays to note any changes.
Unlike old-school x-rays, we do not need a darkroom to develop your radiographs. This eliminates the need for chemicals, which can be harmful to the environment. It also eliminates the need for films. We store your digital images securely in your digital chart.
Because everything is stored on our computer, you do not need to worry about getting your information to a specialist. We can forward it instantly.
How Often You Need X-Rays
Dentistry is never "one size fits all" at our Yankton, SD dental office. We approach each patient’s needs on an individual basis.
We usually take some diagnostic images each year and update all of your dental x-rays every 3 to 5 years depending on your oral health, how much dentistry you have, and your dental history. Of course, if you are experiencing a dental emergency, we will take an x-ray of the area to determine the cause of your pain.
Prevention and early diagnosis is the key to a happy, healthy smile!
Call Us to Schedule a Dental Appointment
We look forward to meeting you and your family. We will treat you the same way we would want our own families to be treated – with great dental care and a friendly smile!