Handheld Portable X-Ray Units
Handheld imaging units make it possible for patients to access much-needed care outside of a dental office or clinic. These convenient, state-of-the art systems
have grown in popularity over the past few years. Our hygienists and dental assistants are thoroughly trained in proper procedures for taking safe x-rays inside and outside of the office. Most portable dental x-ray units are digital, which makes it quick and easy to capture clear, distinct images.
Dental X-Ray Safety
There is an unfortunate perception that x-rays are bad for you. Advances in technology now allow dentists to get sharp x-ray images using much less radiation than was previously required. While it’s true that certain doses of radiation can be harmful, according to the American Dental Academy, the amount of radiation exposure in yearly bitewing digital dental x-rays is less than the amount you may exposed to from natural background radiation during a single day. The built-in shield on FDA-approved portable handheld units protects operators from radiation. Patients are always covered with a protective lead apron to protect them from radiation as well.
Benefits Of Digital X-Rays
The minimal radiation exposure caused by digital x-rays is well worth the risk. Dental x-rays are essential to detecting serious conditions such as oral cancer, infections and abscesses, and monitoring the general health of the mouth. Dental x-rays can also show:
- Tooth decay
- Damaged or cracked teeth, fillings, and other restorations
- Gum disease
- Changes in hard and soft tissues
In addition, x-rays enable dentists to see the development of the teeth and jaw in children. Early detection of many types of injuries, infections, and other conditions can prevent further damage to the mouth and a patient’s overall health.
Count On Us To Provide The Dental Health Information You Need
At Dr. Dentists Housecalls, we understand that you may have concerns about x-rays and potential radiation exposure. It’s important to keep in mind that x-rays aren’t required at every dental visit
. Generally, bitewing x-rays are usually taken once a year to monitor the health of your teeth and mouth. In some instances, a full-mouth or panoramic x-ray may be necessary to diagnose conditions such as gum disease, teeth crowding, malocclusion, TMJ, and other issues.
Dr. Ward and our team
of seasoned dental professionals are dedicated to making you feel comfortable and confident in your diagnosis and treatment. We welcome your questions and concerns and are committed to providing you and your family with the best dental care possible. Your health and safety are at the forefront of everything we do. We adhere to all CDC guidelines and COVID-19 safety procedures and protocols. Our experienced team serves patients of all ages in Portland, OR and surrounding areas, including Vancouver, WA. Emergency dental services and special hours are available by request.
Contact Us To Learn More
Regular checkups, cleanings and dental x-rays can enhance your smile, prevent problems, and benefit your overall health. Dr. Dentists Housecalls uses state-of-the art technology and the latest dental procedures to provide quality dental services in the comfort of your home. To learn more about our mobile dental care services or to schedule an appointment, contact us online
or call us at 503-285-5307 today. We look forward to helping you reach your goals for optimal oral health.