Digital Full Mouth Series X-Rays
A full series of x-rays is the first step in a thorough dental examination because it gives us a full view of your mouth.
A full series is important because the x-rays give us vital information that we cannot get from any other source.
Benefits of a full series of x-rays
We use a full series of x-rays to find a variety of oral conditions throughout your mouth, including—
- cavities between the teeth.
- tartar on the tooth roots.
- worn-out or broken fillings or crowns.
- receding bone levels resulting from periodontal disease.
Procedure for taking a full series of digital x-rays
First, we cover you with a lead apron to protect your body while we take x-rays of your mouth. Then we place the x-ray sensor inside your mouth so that it lines up properly to get x-ray images of your teeth.
We repeat this process by moving the sensor to 18 or 19 specific locations to thoroughly evaluate your entire mouth.
Safety of a full series of digital x-rays
Digital x-ray sensors are quite sensitive, so the amount of radiation exposure is very low. In fact, compared to conventional x-rays, digital x-ray systems can reduce the amount of radiation up to 80 percent.