Digital radiography (digital x-ray): the latest technology used to take dental x-rays.
This type of x-ray uses an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. The image can be instantly viewed and enlarged, allowing Dr. Yaley and our staff to detect problems. Digital x-rays reduce radiation by 80 to 90 percent compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays. Since the digital image is captured electronically, there is no need to develop the x-rays, thus eliminating the disposal of harmful waste and chemicals into the environment.
Dental x-rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. This information is used 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 gumline.
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort and your teeth.
A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients. A full series is usually good for three to five years. Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at check up visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (650) 325- 8030.