May 16, 2014
X-rays are a vital diagnostic tool used to inspect and assess the health of your teeth and jaws at each of your routine dental visits. Though traditional film x-rays have been trusted for decades to provide dentists with an inside perspective of your oral health, modern technology has allowed us to go even further with digital radiography, or digital x-rays. At Dental Expressions in Oklahoma City, OK, Dr. Colin Holman and Dr. Natalie Frazier offer a wide variety of highly advanced technological advantages to our patients, including digital x-rays.
Benefits of Digital X-Rays at Your Dentist’s Office
There are many benefits of digital x-rays as compared to conventional film x-rays. Whereas typical film x-rays required the use of developing materials and a considerable length of time (during which the patient had to wait for results), digital x-rays are immediately available for viewing on a convenient chairside monitor. You and your dentist can go over the x-rays together, allowing you to gain a better understanding of your oral health as well as your treatment plan.
In addition, digital x-rays are better for the environment and emit up to 90 percent less radiation than regular film methods. This means that you and your family enjoy enhanced convenience, less time spent at the dentist’s office, and better health overall.
Schedule Your Visit Today
Has it been more than six months since you last visited the dentist for a routine checkup and cleaning? If so, it’s time to schedule your appointment and see the difference that our unique approach can make for you! Contact our office in Oklahoma City, OK today and speak to Dr. Holman, Dr. Frazier, or any member of our caring, experienced staff. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have, whether they are about our office’s technology, our menu of services, or your oral health in general. Our conveniently located practice happily welcomes patients from throughout the OKC area, including Norman, Moore, Midwest City, Del City, and beyond.
June 13, 2013
In order to provide the most effective, thorough care possible, it’s important for dentists to keep up and implement the latest dental technologies in their offices. After all, modern equipment and techniques have several advantages – it makes it easier for dental teams to share and relay information with patients, comfort is noticeably enhanced, and dentists are able to ensure that care is more detailed and precise than ever before. Drs. Colin Holman and Natalie Frazier believe strongly in sharing these benefits with their patients; that’s why their Oklahoma City office houses a variety of dental technologies designed to make oral health easier and safer for smiles of all ages. Come in to Dental Expressions to see for yourself!
Here are just a few of the tools our team uses to help your teeth become happier and healthier:
- We use digital X-rays instead the traditional system, resulting in faster, more thorough pictures of your mouth as well as 90% less radiation.
- Intraoral photography gives our team an up close and personal look at your teeth and gums, allowing us to show you any suspicious areas and more precisely pinpoint treatment plans.
- Our cutting-edge sterilization system includes a heated autoclave with an LED lighting system that separates sterilized and non-sterilized equipment, ensuring that you never have to worry about cleanliness when undergoing our care!
- Our fully digital recordkeeping system makes it easy to pull up information, edit addresses, and review records in seconds!
Are you ready to experience comprehensive, personalized care that puts patient comfort first! Contact our Oklahoma City office today to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists, or if you have any questions about our technologies. We’re happy to see patients from all over the OKC area, Moore, Norman, Midwest City, and beyond!
April 11, 2012
You may have recently read news stories about dental x-rays being linked to benign brain tumors. We want to clarify a few points and assure you that every reasonable precaution is being taken to ensure your safety and minimize potential risks. For years, the recommendations concerning radiographic frequencies/techniques have been governed by a concept called ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Allowable). This means that you take x-rays at the lowest possible settings to obtain diagnostic radiographs, as well as taking them only when necessary. When are they necessary? According to the American Dental Association/FDA Guidelines there are many differences based on age, previous cavity experience and risk factors.
For new patients to our practice, baseline radiographs are necessary to determine current dental health and risks. If you have recent DIAGNOSTIC radiographs from your previous dentist, this may not be necessary. In this instance these x-rays are used to determine if there is decay between your teeth (which cannot usually be seen during a routine exam) and to check bone levels for signs of periodontal disease. Also radiographs are necessary to diagnose abscesses in patients having toothaches.
For recall patients with visible decay or increased risk of decay there are two different recommendations for children/teens and adults. In children and teens x-rays are indicated every 6-12 months. In adults this increases to every 6-18 months. This range means that it is on a case-by-case basis depending on risk factors.
For recall patients with no visible decay and not at an increased risk for decay there are three groups. For children the interval is 12-24 months. For teens the interval is 18-36 months and adults are 24-36 months.
The news story reported that most patients only needed x-rays every 3 years. As you can see, this frequency only applies to adults with little to no risk factors. According to Dr. Donald O’Rourke, an associate professor of neurosurgery at the University of Pennsylvania , it is also important to note that there is around a 20-25 year delay in radiation induced meningioma formation. The 1433 study participants mean age was 57, meaning that they were x-rayed using older technology. Digital radiographs have drastically cut radiation exposures. The study also relied on patient’s memories of whether they had received regular x-rays during the decades preceding the study, including during their childhood. Self-reporting of this frequency also leaves great room for error.
The amount of radiation that we are exposed to from dental X-rays is very small compared to our daily exposure from things like, cosmic radiation and naturally-occurring radioactive elements (for example, those producing radon).
The table below compares our estimated exposure to radiation from dental X-ray with other various sources. As indicated below, a millisievert (mSv) is a unit of measure that allows for some comparison between radiation sources that expose the entire body (such as natural background radiation) and those that only expose a portion of the body (such as X-rays).
|Source||Estimated Exposure (mSv)|
|Man MadeDental X-rays
|Medical X-raysLower gastrointestinal tract radiography
Upper gastrointestinal tract radiography
|NaturalCosmic (Outer Space) Radiation
Average radiation from outer space In Denver, CO (per year)
|Earth and Atmospheric RadiationAverage radiation in the U.S. from Natural sources (per year)||3.000|
Source: Adapted from Frederiksen NL. X-Rays: What is the Risk? Texas Dental Journal. 1995;112(2):68-72.
As always, please let us know of any concerns you may have so that together we can work to make a customized dental health plan that we can both agree on.