Digital Technologies

DIGITAL X-RAYS

Many diseases of the oral cavity (which includes the teeth and surrounding tissues and bone) cannot be seen when the dentist examines your mouth.  An x-ray exam may help us see:

  • small areas of decay between the teeth or below fillings
  • bone damage from a tooth infection (such as a n abscess) or a cyst
  • bone loss due to periodontal (gum) disease
  • developmental defects
  • some types of tumors
  • the effects of trauma
  • the position of unerupted teeth in children and adults

To capture a digital image, we place a small sensor in your mouth. The sensor is connected to a computer by a thin wire. Next, an X-ray beam is sent through your teeth and into the sensor, which records the image of your teeth and sends it to the computer. The sensor can then be repositioned to photograph other sections of your teeth. The digital dental X-ray system is more sensitive than dental X-ray film systems, so your exposure to X-rays is cut by as much as 90 percent.  In just seconds, the large, color-enhanced images let you see on the T.V. screen what your dentist sees, so it’s easier for you to understand how your dentist will treat your teeth. Used photo chemicals and film are not polluting the environment. Your dental checkups take less time, and it’s fun to watch this system work! Most patients are amazed!digital x-ray