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The Latest, Greatest X-Ray Technology

Like most, you probably dread those fun bitewing x-rays where you have to hold the little film card in your mouth and bite down while the dentist takes an image.

You might be in luck because there are new x-ray technologies that are revolutionizing dentistry.

Just like many things have gone digital, so has dentistry! Even though a traditional dental x-ray is very safe and emits extremely low radiation levels, a new x-ray called digital radiography is even safer. They work the same way as the x-rays you’re used to, but instead of a bitewing film card, the dentist or hygienist will place a sensor inside your mouth. That sensor is connected to a computer and very high resolution, detailed images are taken and transmitted for immediate viewing right there while you’re in the chair.

A digital x-ray uses up to 90 percent less radiation than the traditional film version. Dentists can manipulate the images, too, enlarging them to zone in on any potential cavities or problem areas.

While traditional x-rays were used just to look at your teeth, the digital images also show details of tissues like gum structures. And some dentists are pretty cool because they will print it out or give you a CD to take home so you have your very own copy. Because they’re digital, it’s easy for your dentist to send your images to other dentists or doctors, too.

The digital technology gives dentists much more flexibility to take images either inside or outside your mouth to help detect issues like temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) or wisdom teeth that are impacted. This means earlier detection and diagnosis of any potential dental issues you might have.

We made the switch to digital radiography for detection, diagnosis and monitoring; it’s more expensive, but we consider it an important investment in your future. Just remember that these images are a very important key aspect of any regular dental checkup. Dental x-rays help dentists look for not only tooth decay, but other issues like damage to underlying bone, injuries to tooth roots, and tumors. Therefore, problems are detected much earlier, even before you start to have symptoms.

Dentists also use this imagery to monitor wisdom teeth and permanent teeth in children with intact baby teeth; it helps them look for improperly located or misaligned teeth that are going to have problems coming through the gum.

So don’t even think about skipping your next x-ray! Come to us for a safe, pleasant experience.

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