To improve your care, we’ve invested in a new way of looking into your mouth—a procedure that’s fast and incredibly precise – digital X-rays. Digital X-rays are computer-generated images. These images require up to 90% less radiation than with conventional film type X-rays. What’s even more amazing is that we get an image immediately that is large, clear, and accurate, right next to your chair…ready for discussion. The computer allows enlargement, highlighting, magnifying, inverting, clear viewing, color-coding and contrasting of X-ray photos for educational purposes. These larger-enhanced images let you see what Dr. Lopez sees, so it’s easier for you to understand how he will treat your teeth.
We can store it on our computer files, saving paper. For insurance purposes, referrals or patient education, the image can be accurately reproduced any number of times. This new technology adds further benefits for our patients. We can detect cavities far better – sooner and smaller – than with the old system. This means that we can correct them sooner and the process will be easier for you, before the cavities seriously weaken the teeth. In summary, digital X-rays are faster and allow us to provide better quality care.
What are the different types of X-rays:
- Bitewing-These show the crowns of several upper and lower teeth on one small film. This type of X-ray is especially useful for showing cavities between teeth and changes in bone caused by periodontal disease.
- Periapical-This X-ray shows entire teeth, including all of the roots and surrounding tissues on one small film. These X-rays show many kinds of disorders, including impacted teeth, fractures, abscesses, cysts, tumors.
- Full-mouth series-This is a complete set of bitewing and periapical X-rays that show all of the teeth, roots, and related areas of the jaws. This consists of 18 X-ray pictures that are taken. This Full-mouth series is taken once every 3-5 years.
- Panoramic-A panoramic view X-ray shows all the upper and lower teeth, large portions of the jaws and other structures in one large picture. It is often used to find unerupted teeth, cysts, fractures, retained root fragments and other conditions of the jaw. It does not generally show enough detail to be useful for detection of decay and bone loss from periodontal disease.
**Below are examples of the detail and information that we are able to view with digital x-rays**