Dental X-rays are a necessary part of your dental care routine and are as regular as teeth brushing or flossing. Without proper care and technology, this oral care practice could expose you to harmful radiation. We use technology for low dose digital X-rays to minimize radiation and make the process as safe as possible.

Low dose digital dental radiographs can be taken inside (intraoral) or outside (extraoral) the mouth. Intraoral X-rays, the most commonly taken dental X-ray, provide great detail and are used to detect cavities, check the status of developing teeth and monitor teeth and bone health. Extraoral X-rays do not provide the detail of intraoral X-rays and are not used to identify individual tooth problems. However, they are used to detect impacted teeth, monitor jaw growth and development, and identify potential problems between teeth, jaws and temporomandibular joints (TMJ), or other facial bones.

Types of intraoral X-rays include:

Bitewing X-rays, which are taken with the patient biting down on film, show details of the upper and lower teeth in one area of the mouth. Each bitewing shows a tooth from its crown (top) to about the level of the supporting bone. Bitewing X-rays are used to detect decay between teeth and changes in bone density caused by gum disease, as well as to determine the fit of dental crowns or restorations, and the marginal integrity of tooth fillings.

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Periapical (limited) X-rays shower the whole tooth from the crown to beyond the root tips to the supporting bone in one area of either the upper or lower jaw. Periapical X-rays are used to detect root structure and surrounding bone structure abnormalities. Showing bone loss around each tooth, periapical X-rays aid in treating conditions such as periodontitis, advanced gum disease, and detecting endodontic lesions (abscess).

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Types of extraoral X-rays include:

Panoramic (Panorex) X-rays, which require a machine that rotates around the head, show the entire mouth, including all the teeth in the upper and lower arch, in one image. Panoramic X-rays are used to plan treatment for dental implants, detect impacted wisdom teeth and jaw problems, and diagnose bony tumors and cysts.

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How Are Low Dose Digital X-Rays Performed?

Our dental professionals perform low dose digital X-rays in the same way as traditional film X-rays. The only difference is that they use electronic sensors to collect the X-ray data instead of placing an X-ray film in the patient’s mouth.

Digital X-rays are convenient for these types of imaging:

  • Panoramic Dental X-Rays: This 2D dental X-ray captures the whole mouth in a single image showing the teeth, the upper and lower jaws, and the surrounding tissues and structures. Although the jaw is curved into a horse shoe shape, this X-ray produces a flat image with details of the teeth and bones.
  • Periapical X-Rays: This dental X-ray captures the whole tooth, showing everything from the root to the crown. The images produced can help in the detection of any anomalies in the root or surrounding bone structures.
  • Bitewings: It captures the upper and lower teeth at one section of the mouth. Dentists use them to identify any decay between your teeth, or to detect changes occurring below the gum line.
  • Occlusal: This type of dental X-ray captures the entire arch of the teeth in the lower or upper jaw. Since it shows a larger area compared to other X-rays, professionals use it to highlight tooth development and placement of teeth in children.

Advantages of Low Dose X-Rays

Safety is a major concern when it comes to dental care, especially where an X-ray is necessary. Dental care providers have the onus to find safer ways to conduct X-rays and offer their services. One such method is ensuring minimal radiation exposure to patients during their routine X-rays.

With low dose digital X-rays, patients will never have to worry about too much exposure to radiation during their dental care routines. The amount of radiation exposure from digital X-rays is far much lower than your exposure to background radiation. And with the thyroid collar and lead apron in place, you can be sure the radiation exposure is almost nonexistent.

Other benefits of low dose digital X-rays include:

  • Images Are Available Immediately: Digital images are easier to process compared to the traditional formats produced on a film that needs development in a dark room. Digital X-ray images are available immediately in soft copy (can be viewed onscreen) or as a printed version.
  • Easy Storage of Digital Images: You can store digital images on your computer hard drive, thumb drive, or any other modern storage media. They can also be easily retrieved whenever they are needed, and you can also share them via the internet. This means that it’s easy for dentists to share information and ideas about a specific dental issue.
  • Ability to Enhance Images: Various image processing software and hardware are available today to help produce detailed images. You can also convert the photos from one format to the other for easy sharing, storage, or processing.

Easy Sharing of Images: Digital images can be compressed to ensure seamless sharing via various internet platforms, such as social media pages and emails. This allows dental practitioners to exchange ideas and share information with a view to devising the most appropriate interventions for a particular dental problem.

Why Choose Low Dose Digitial X-Rays?

With so many dentists and oral health practitioners out there, you may wonder why you should choose us to handle your dental issues. We don’t necessarily blow our own trumpets but let the results speak for themselves. However, we do have some strong reasons why you should consider choosing us for your dental X-rays.

You can choose us for the obvious reason that we practice the low dose X-ray procedure. This technology has been around for many years, but not every dental clinic uses it. Dr. Kawveh Nofallah, a renowned dentist specializing in restorative, general, and cosmetic dentistry with a degree from the University of Florida, will be on hand to attend to you.

We have also been around for almost two decades, providing family, general, and cosmetic dental care to all our clients. This gives us an edge over other dental care establishments that don’t have experience in dealing with different types of dental cases and clients.  The experience has sharpened our skills, and we’re sure to provide services for low dose digital X-rays with the guarantee of better results.

If you, or a member of the family or friend, needs low dose digital X-ray services, be sure to get the help of a professional. We have been in business for nearly two decades and use the latest technology for dental care. Contact us if you need help or information.

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