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Digital Radiographs

Digital radiographs (x-rays) are an important diagnostic tool for dental professionals. While traditional film radiographs provide critical insight into the oral and physical health of the patient, hi-tech digital radiographs allow dentists to view and enhance dental images on a large computer screen.

Dentists can also copy or print digital radiographs with ease. This allows for effective comparison of new results to previous images and insight on how treatments have impacted dental conditions. If the dentist refers the patient to a specialist, digital radiographs can be transmitted via computer – eliminating the need for a second set of x-rays in most cases.

Why Use Digital Radiographs?

One of the most significant advantages of utilizing digital radiographs is reduction of radiation exposure. Digital radiographs also eliminate the use of film and required chemicals for processing, making the overall procedure much less harmful to the environment.

The larger computer screen used to display digital radiographs allows dentists to view any problems or irregularities with added clarity. The potential for early detection of decay or periodontal problems and reducing complicated conditions later is vastly increased.

Here are some of the main conditions that digital radiographs can better expose:  

  • Small areas of decay

  • Bone recession

  • Tumors

  • Fractures and trauma

  • Positioning of the teeth

  • Developmental irregularities

  • Tooth positioning

How Are Digital Radiographs Taken?      

The technique for capturing digital radiographs is similar to that of the traditional-style radiographs, but the digital variety uses a small electronic sensor to capture intraoral images, as opposed to film bitewings.

Generally, a full mouth series of digital x-rays includes eighteen different views of the teeth and underlying jawbone. The two standard views dentists use are: periapical and bitewing. The periapical view is used to inspect the root tips for decay, disease or damage, while the bitewing view allows for close inspection and measurement of the mandible and maxilla (upper and lower jawbones).

After exposure, the digital image is either transferred wirelessly to a computer, or the dentist takes the plate from the mouth, and scans it with a specialized reader. Processing traditional film can take up to five minutes, but a digital image takes mere seconds. Once the image is apparent on the screen, the contrast, color and brightness can be altered to produce a much clearer image.

If you have questions or concerns about getting a digital radiograph, please contact your dentist.


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Dr. Lois is extremely patient and professional. I generally dread my dental appointments, but after seeing Dr. Lois, I feel very comfortable.
I had two fillings to do and was scared of pain involved in the procedure. She eased me into it with some smooth jazz and distracted me while she numbed my gums. I hardly realized how time flew and before I knew it, I was on my way out with a smile on my face. I have had two appointments for cleaning before this, and those went pretty smooth too. She generally doesn't do the cleanings herself (she did my first though), but I remember her hygienists being quite good.I highly recommend Dr. Lois to anyone who wants a pain-free and gentle treatment.

Sam D.

I have been a patient of Dr. Wilson for more than a decade and she is the best dentist with whom I have ever been affiliated: consummately professional, extremely knowledgeable; and selflessly dedicated. During our long association, she has cured me of gingivitis and other gum and tooth infections; made dental appliances to minimize damage to my crowns; installed an implant; and repaired a half dozen instances of broken crowns. In the latter instance, when I inadvertently broke a crown or damaged a veneer, she would immediately adjust her schedule to accommodate my dental emergency, regardless as to the personal sacrifice involved. As a doctor she was patient with me; listened well; accommodated my busy schedule; and charged very reasonable prices for world class dental services. In every instance in which we interacted, I was completely satisfied with the outcome. If I had to describe Dr. Wilson as a person in a single word, that word would be, "class". If I had to describe her professional skills in a phrase, that phrase would be , "She's a dentist's dentist". Dr. Wilson is a GREAT dentist and has my highest recommendation.

Robert N.

Lois Wilson was my dentist before I moved away, and she is amazing. She is extremely professional, and her work is so good, I can't tell which teeth she has worked on (and neither can my new dentist!).

My teeth are generally pretty healthy, but I went to Dr. Wilson's office for cleanings, she did two fillings for me, a composite bonding on one of my front teeth, and an in-office whitening. She generally doesn't do the cleanings herself, but I remember her hygenists being quite good, and not too rough.

My new dentist even gave her work high compliments, because they had a hard time figuring out which teeth she had worked on. They said that my prior dentist did a VERY good job color matching my teeth.

Jason G.

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