Because they’re always interested in offering the best available care options to their patients, the dentists at Creative Dimensions in Dentistry use digital X-rays for your safety and convenience. Available in both locations in Castro Valley and San Leandro, California, digital dental X-rays take much less time to develop than traditional film, give your dentist a sharper image to study, and help protect the environment from toxic chemicals. For expert, comprehensive dental care that’s delivered in a warm and inviting atmosphere, call Creative Dimensions in Dentistry today to make your appointment or book your visit online.
X-rays give your dentist a view of your entire tooth, from the exposed crown at the top to the end of the root embedded in your jawbone and everything in between. Your dentist uses X-rays to identify dental issues below the gum line or in the jaw, such as:
The patient experience of obtaining digital X-rays is fairly similar to traditional dental X-rays, but much faster. Your dentist or other dental care professional inserts a sensor into your mouth that resembles the bitewings used during conventional X-rays.
However, the “bitewing” is actually an electronic sensor that’s connected to a computer. When the X-ray is taken, the image is immediately projected onto a screen for your dentist’s viewing. You may need to wait while your dentist studies the image but you won’t experience the delay that often accompanies film development.
Yes, there are several advantages to digital radiography compared to traditional film X-rays. Even though traditional X-rays expose you to very low doses of radiation, the less radiation you experience in your environment the better. Digital X-rays use 90 percent less radiation than traditional dental X-rays.
Digital dental X-rays also provide higher quality images that your dentist can enlarge for a better view of your teeth and their supporting structures. He can also easily alter the contrast, brightness, or color on a digital X-ray to enhance details he’s interested in studying. This also helps him spot small cavities that might not be apparent in a traditional film. And if you want a copy, he can print your digital X-ray in seconds.
Digital technology also makes it easy to transfer your X-rays to a specialist or a new dentist’s office should you move from the area. With your permission, your dentist can simply email the images to the office of your choice. They also take up less space than traditional films and that makes storage easier for your dentist and gives him more time to focus on you.