Dental X-Rays

X-ray images, also called dental radiographs, are among the most valuable tools we have for keeping your mouth and teeth healthy.

Many diseases of the teeth and surrounding tissues can only be detected on a radiograph.

An X-ray examination may reveal:

* small areas of decay between the teeth or below existing restorations (fillings);
* infections in the bone;
* periodontal (gum) disease;
* abscesses or cysts;
* developmental abnormalities;
* some types of tumors.

For children, radiographs are used to watch for decay and to monitor tooth growth and development. We will use periodic X-rays to see whether a space in the mouth to fit all the new teeth, whether baby teeth are being lost quickly enough to allow permanent teeth to erupt properly, whether extra (supernumerary) teeth are developing or whether any teeth are impacted (unable to emerge through the gums). Often, major problems can be prevented by catching small developmental problems early and then making accommodations.

Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save time, money and unnecessary discomfort. It can detect damage to oral structures not visible during a regular exam. If you have a hidden tumor, radiographs may even help save your life.

Digital Dental X-Rays

We digital dental X-Rays to provide even better dental care and more accurate diagnoses. The process of digitally capturing an image is much faster, safer and more comfortable for the patient.

How Digital Dental X-Rays Work

digital xray,northwoods dental,san antonioWe place a small sensor in your mouth. The sensor is connected to a computer by a thin wire. Next, an X-ray beam is sent through your teeth and into the sensor, which records the image of your teeth and sends it to the computer. The sensor can then be repositioned to photograph other sections of your teeth.

Why Digital Dental X-Rays are Better

The digital dental X-ray system is more sensitive than dental X-ray film systems, so your exposure to X-rays is cut by as much as 90 percent ! The large, color-enhanced images let you see what your dentist sees, so it’s easier for you to understand how your dentist will treat your teeth. Your fees don’t include payment for photo chemicals, film, processing or film storage. Used photo chemicals and film are not polluting the environment. Your dental checkups take less time, and it’s fun to watch this system work! Most patients are amazed.

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