Blyholder Family Dentistry: Digital X-Rays in Wichita, KS
At Blyholder Family Dentistry, we provide accurate digital X-rays in Wichita, KS. Contact us today at 316-684-4921.
Digital X-rays are among the essential dental diagnostic tools. At Blyholder Family Dentistry in Wichita, KS, we use digital X-rays to get an accurate picture of a patientâ€™s dental health, which helps to suggest a treatment plan. Our founding dentist, Dr. Jaclyn Blyholder, uses this as one diagnostic tool to ensure clients receive the best possible dental care.
Compared to traditional X-rays, digital dental X-rays are faster, safer, and more convenient. In addition, they use up to 90% less radiation and require no hazardous chemicals for image development. As a result, digital radiography is an indispensable part of dental treatment, from root canals to implant procedures.
How Digital X-Rays Work
Dr. Blyholder or an assistant places a tiny sensor in the patientâ€™s mouth during a digital X-ray procedure. The sensor provides a precise and detailed image of the patientâ€™s oral structures. The dental team can instantly view the image on a monitor, magnify it, and adjust contrast for improved visibility.
The digital X-ray images are easy to store, back up, and reproduce as needed.
Preparing for Dental X-Rays
Usually, dental X-rays require no specific preparation apart from brushing oneâ€™s teeth. The procedure is quick and involves minimal discomfort for the patient. In most cases, a digital X-ray scan only takes a few seconds.
What Dental Conditions Can Digital X-Rays Diagnose?
Digital X-rays can help diagnose a wide variety of dental conditions, including:
- Tooth decay
- Developmental tooth abnormalities
- Improper root positioning
- Infections, cysts, and abscesses
- Tooth or filling fractures
- Bone loss
- Oral cancer
When Will a Dentist Recommend X-Rays?
Dr. Blyholder may recommend X-rays as a part of a dental exam for many reasons. Here are just a few examples:
- The patient complains of dental pain or discomfort
- The dentist needs to see the progress of an existing condition
- The dentist must see whether the patientâ€™s condition is compatible with a suggested treatment
As a patient, depending on your diagnosis or condition, you may need intraoral X-rays, extraoral X-rays, or both.
Intraoral X-rays, the more common type of dental X-rays, can help locate cavities, diagnose tooth development, and monitor general dental health.
Extraoral X-rays focus on the skull and jaw. They can help diagnose issues like jaw abnormalities and temporomandibular disorders.
Panoramic extraoral X-rays are also vital for planning advanced dental treatments such as implants.
How Often Should Patients Have X-Rays?
Healthy patients without apparent dental problems will usually have X-rays once a year. Patients suffering from dental issues like extensive decay or gum disease may often need X-rays. Children may need X-rays every six months if they have severe cavities or problems with the eruption of permanent teeth.
Blyholder Family Dentistry: Restorative, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry in Wichita, Kansas
Blyholder Family Dentistry is a long-standing dental practice under Dr. Jaclyn Blyholder, a member of ADA, the Kansas Dental Association, and the Wichita District Dental Society.
Our qualified, patient-centered dental team has over 75 years of combined experience. We focus on providing top-quality general and cosmetic dentistry services to patients of all ages.
For quick, accurate dental digital X-rays and treatments at Blyholder Family Dentistry in Wichita, KS, please call 316-684-4921 today.