Digital x-rays are the latest technology, and are much safer compared to traditional x-rays. With digital x-rays there is no concern with radiation exposure, and the new technology has very low levels of radiation. Digital x-rays reduce a patient’s radiation exposure by 90 percent. Safety is our number one priority, and we always ensure the equipment we use is safe for our patients.
Digital x-rays use a sensor or scanner that is inserted into your mouth to take images of your teeth and jaw. Our sensors are used in conjunction with computer technology that provides images instantly. These images can be conveniently viewed in our exam rooms during your appointment.
When you visit our office for your dental exam our staff will insert a sensor or digital scanner into your mouth. This process will take images of your teeth and mouth, and will send the pictures instantly to our computer software. Digital images can be viewed immediately in the exam room. Depending on what type of x-ray is required will determine if we use a scanner or sensor to take the image. Patients can review the images alongside our doctor, and if treatment is required, we will create a customized treatment plan that works for you.
What Are the Types of Digital X-Rays Available?
Digital x-rays take images of the inside and outside of your mouth. Depending on the location of the x-ray needed, will determine what type of image is taken.
Bite wing x-rays require you to bite down on a sensor. This type of x-ray is common and can detect decay between your teeth. Bite wing x-rays are also used to evaluate the condition of the jaw bone, and to check existing restorations.
Periapical x-rays take an image of the entire tooth from top to bottom including the root structure. This type of x-ray can help detect an infection or abscess in or around a tooth, and can detect bone loss in the jaw.
Panoramic x-rays are taken using a machine that rotates around your head. This technology provides an image of your entire mouth. We use this type of x-ray to monitor wisdom teeth, or to plan for procedures such as implants.