Are there any side effects?
Side effects from general or dental x-rays are incredibly rare. During your examination you will be exposed to a very small amount of radiation, even less from our digital equipment. The benefits of detecting disease are believed to far outweigh any potential risks from receiving such a small dose. Toothworkx has rigorous protocols to ensure that the radiation dose given is the lowest possible dose to produce diagnostic quality images.
If you are pregnant or suspect that you may be, you should tell your dentist or radiographer before the test is performed, as special precautions although not required will be taken. At Maven Dental Maryborough, formerly Toothworkx, we recommend that general diagnostic dental X-rays taken for most people every 2-3 years will significantly reduce the risk of undetected decay and irreparable tooth damage, these are the smaller intra-oral X-rays known as Bitewing X-rays. We may also recommend taking a full mouth X-ray (an OPG) on a regular basis, (between 2- 5 year intervals) to check on many other bone conditions, jaw joints and the general state of your teeth.
Here, at Maven Dental Maryborough, we want to provide our patients with the very best in digital imaging right here on site!! Our imaging equipment is the very latest in digital technology which means that the images we take are far more clear and precise than those taken elsewhere. As these are digital images, we can access them immediately and discuss the next stage of treatment straight away… And it’s all done before you leave, with the small X-ray dose associated with a digital system.
An OPG (Orthopantomogram) is a panoramic or wide view x-ray of the lower face, which displays all the teeth of the upper and lower jaw on a single film. It demonstrates the number, position and growth of all the teeth including those that have not yet surfaced or erupted. It is different from the small close up x-rays dentists take of individual teeth. An OPG may also reveal problems with the jawbone and the joint which connects the jawbone to the head, called the Temporomandibular Joint or TMJ. An OPG may be requested for the planning of orthodontic treatment, for assessment of wisdom teeth or for a general overview of the teeth, assessment of the bone which supports the teeth and for complex dental treatment plans. We usually refer to this X-ray, as a Full Mouth X-ray.
The cost of an OPG image is similar to a set of bite-wing X-rays. If you have any questions about this new technology and how it can help you just ask your dentist or hygienist.
Cone Beam Volumetric Tomography ( CBVT or CT scan)
This type of X-ray takes in an area of the head and through computer software creates a 3D image of the teeth, jaws and surrounding areas. This image gives an accurate 3D guide to where all structures are in the mouth, right up to the base of your sinuses.
Cone Beam can be used to find exact positions of impacted teeth (e.g. wisdom or canine) and their relative positions to important anatomical structures such as nerve channels, blood vessels and other teeth. This assists to plan treatment very accurately.
Cone Beam imaging is a must for planning implant placement since the images are extremely accurate. These CT scans are also very benficial for Surgical treatment, such as wisdom tooth removal,Orthodontic, Periodontic (gums) and Endodontic (Root Canal fillings) treatments. Pathology in the bones around the teeth and other areas can be located very precisely, and CBVT aids in a distinct diagnosis of the condition.
Procedure for both types of X-ray
You may be asked to remove jewellery, eyeglasses, and any metal objects that may obscure the images. You will be asked to bite gently on a sterile mouth piece to steady your head. The machine can lowered for wheelchair bound people. It is important to stay very still while the x-ray is taken, as the machine slowly rotates around your head. You will not feel any discomfort during the procedure.
Radiation Monitoring at Maven Dental Maryborough
As part of Maven Dental Maryborough, formerly Toothworkx, ongoing quality improvement processes we monitor the radiation doses around the practice from our digital X-ray equipment. What we are monitoring is any possible leakage that can happen whilst an X-ray is being taken.
All of Maven Dental Maryborough dental imaging equipment is highly maintained, regularly tested and compliant with current regulations. All of the rooms containing X-ray imaging equipment are shielded for the protection of patients and staff. All of the steps we take are to protect everyone from receiving any unnecessary radiation doses.
For the past 12 months or so our dentists & hygienist have been wearing special monitors to measure any possible leakages around the practice. These special monitors are changed and sent away for testing every 3 months. All of the testing reports are coming back with a 0 reading for radiation dose. This means that the systems, equipment and protocols followed by Maven Dental Maryborough are excellent and that we are protecting both our patients and staff from any unnecessary radiation doses.