The Advancements of Digital X-Rays

X-ray images allow our doctors to locate tooth decay early, which decreases the potential for large cavities, and we can also see hairline cracks and areas between teeth for an accurate, comprehensive diagnosis. Traditional X-rays expose patients to harmful radiation and require harsh chemicals to develop, but digital X-rays emit a fraction of the radiation and produce sharp results, instantly available on a chairside computer monitor.

Digital Radiography

What We See Is What We Get

We’ve invested in a new way of looking into your mouth-a procedure that’s fast, comfortable, and incredibly precise. Using digital radiography, we can clearly identify all external and internal anatomical structures and accurately diagnose your dental problems. Even more amazing, we can immediately translate that information into a large, clear, accurate image, projected to a monitor that patient and doctor can study together in the operatory. You won’t even have to leave your chair.

Digital radiography’s technology improves and simplifies the way we care for our patients’ teeth, resulting in better dental evaluations and treatment decisions. As the most important member of your dental team, you need to understand the condition of your mouth, as well as our recommendations for treatment. Digital radiographs help us help you.

Reduced Radiation, Radical Results

Traditionally, dentists used X-rays to see what the naked eye could not; X-rays were developed in a darkroom with hazardous chemicals, and then viewed on a special light board. The developed X-rays had to be stored, which required large filing systems. By far, the worst part of traditional X-rays was the radiation exposure to patients. Digital radiography has completely transformed this process.

Now, when you come into the office for X-rays, a tiny sensor is placed in your mouth to detect small amount of radiation – up to 90-percent less than traditional X-rays required. This creates a detailed image of your internal oral structures that is immediately viewable on a chairside monitor, carrying with it all the conveniences of other digitized images. We can rotate and magnify it, adjust it for contrast, and even color-code it for educational purposes. The digital images store easily and efficiently in our computer files, safe and sound. For insurance purposes, referrals, or patient education, digital X-rays can be easily, inexpensively, and accurately reproduced indefinitely.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are digital X-rays improving dental treatment?

Digital imaging is a great improvement in all areas of dentistry. It offers features to enhance the viewing of any problem areas. Digital X-rays use low levels of radiation and are easily displayed instantly on a computer screen for both our dentists and patients. X-rays are important for diagnosing dental decay, failing crowns and fillings, planning the placement of dental implants, and for root canals.

Are digital X-rays safe?

Since we use the latest in digital X-ray technology, our patients are exposed to very low levels of radiation. Digital dental X-rays are safe for both children and adults and are a key component of monitoring your dental health.

What are the different types of dental X-rays?

Dr. MacDonald and our professional team can order a variety of different X-ray types depending on your oral health issue. Some of the most common dental X-rays include:

  • Periapical: Offers a clear view of the whole tooth, from the crown to the supporting bone
  • Bite-wing: Shows a visual of the upper and lower posterior (back) teeth
  • Full Mouth Series: A complete set of intraoral X-rays of the teeth and adjacent hard tissue
  • Panoramic: Offers a comprehensive view of the jaws, teeth, sinuses, and jaw joints
  • Occlusal: Provides a visual of the floor or roof of the mouth

Digital X-rays offer Unparalleled Benefits
Over Traditional Radiographs:

They’re convenient, safe for the environment, provide a great opportunity for patient education, can be transferred and copied accurately, and best of all, they’re safer for our patients. If you have questions about digital X-rays, call us. We’ll do all we can to help.