dental x-rayDental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.

Dental x-rays may reveal:

  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Bone loss
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
  • Decay between the teeth
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Poor tooth and root positions
  • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line

Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!

Digital X-Rays

Digital x-rays, also known as digital radiography, are the latest in dental x-ray technology. Digital x-rays use a digital image capture device instead of x-ray film. This technique saves time as there is no need to develop film images, and produces images that have a better resolution than standard dental x-ray machines. Digital x-rays also emit lower levels of radiation as images are produced electronically.

Digital X-rays can be used to detect abscesses, malignant or benign masses, bone loss, and cavities that are not visible during a visual examination. These x-rays are safe and effect for both adults and children; however it is wise to speak with your dental professional if you are pregnant or nursing before proceeding with digital x-rays.