Examining your oral health requires more than a trained eye. X-rays have been a vital part of dentistry for decades, and have helped dentists gain a clear picture of patients’ teeth, gums, jawbones, and the structures surrounding their smiles. The clearer the picture, the more accurately your dentist can identify and diagnose the early signs of trouble. By addressing dental concerns in their early stages, you can often avoid the need for extensive treatment later. In his dedication to provide our patients with innovative, high-quality dental care, North Richland Hills dentist, Dr. Steven M. Huffstutler utilizes digital dental X-rays, which offer several advantages over conventional radiography.
Your routine dental exam involves a thorough inspection of your oral cavity for signs of tooth decay, gum disease, dental damage, problems with your bite’s alignment, and abnormalities in your oral tissues that might indicate cancer. Unfortunately, not all signs are easily visible to the naked eye, and digital X-rays allow Dr. Steven M. Huffstutler to spot trouble as early as possible. For instance, the images produced by digital X-rays will show your tooth and jawbone underneath the gumline and can highlight impacted teeth, changes in jawbone structure (like bone loss) decay hidden between teeth, and problems with your jaw’s joints (TMJs) and your bite’s alignment.
Embracing the Digital Age
Digital X-rays provide the same glimpse into your oral health as photography-based X-rays, but with a number of improvements, including;
- Clearer, more precise pictures
- Instant images, so there’s no need to wait while your X-rays develop
- Significantly less radiation exposure than traditional radiography
- The ability to focus images on a specific area of the mouth for more detailed analysis
- Increased comfort (no need to bite down on X-ray film)
Since radiation is substantially reduced and X-rays are only taken of the mouth, there is little to no risk associated with digital X-rays.
Visit your North Richland Hills Dentist
Whether you want to restore the beauty and function of missing or compromised teeth or you’re simply looking for a dentist’s office to call home, Dr. Steven M. Huffstutler and his caring team are here for you. We focus on exceptional dentistry for adults, with a keen focus on highly esthetic restorations and the treatment of painful TMJ disorder. To schedule your next appointment, call our North Richland Hills dentist office at 817-577-1444. North Hills Dental proudly serves patients from across the Metroplex, including Fort Worth, Dallas, Denton, the Midcities, and Southlake.