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Digital X-Rays At America's Bright Smiles

What Are Digital X-Rays?

Digital x-rays represent the latest advancement in dental technology, offering a safer alternative to traditional x-rays. With digital x-rays, concerns regarding radiation exposure are alleviated, as this technology utilizes significantly lower levels of radiation. In fact, digital x-rays reduce a patient’s radiation exposure by up to 90 percent. At our practice, safety is paramount, and we prioritize the use of equipment that ensures the well-being of our patients.

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Why Would a Digital X-Ray Be Needed?

While routine dental exams allow us to assess the surface of your teeth and gums, digital x-rays offer a deeper view, enabling us to examine the roots and hidden areas. These images aid in identifying potential issues such as infection or decay within your teeth, allowing for prompt treatment and prevention of complications. Additionally, digital x-rays assist in monitoring the growth of teeth and the development of the jaw.

How Do Digital X-rays Work?

During a dental examination, our dental team employs a small sensor inserted into your mouth to capture images of your teeth and jaw. These sensors are seamlessly integrated with computer technology, providing instant access to high-quality images. The images can be conveniently viewed in our examination rooms during your appointment.

What Are the Types of Digital X-Rays Available?

Digital x-rays encompass various types, each serving specific diagnostic purposes:

Bite Wing X-Rays:

These x-rays involve biting down on a sensor and are useful for detecting decay between teeth, evaluating jawbone health, and assessing existing dental restorations.

Periapical X-Rays

Periapical x-rays capture images of the entire tooth, including the root structure, aiding in the detection of infections, abscesses, and bone loss.

Panoramic X-Rays:

Panoramic x-rays provide a comprehensive view of the entire mouth, useful for monitoring wisdom teeth and planning procedures like dental implants.

How Often Are Digital X-Rays Needed?

The frequency of digital x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental needs. We only recommend x-rays when necessary and with the patient’s consent. Factors such as medical and dental history, symptoms, and signs indicating potential issues guide our decision to take x-rays. These images help us monitor growth, detect decay, and evaluate gum disease as part of comprehensive dental care.

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