Digital Radiography


Doctor showing digital x-ray to patientWe here at Calapooia Family Dental utilize state-of-the-art technology, like digital radiography, to help prevent, diagnose, and treat oral health problems. Thanks to technological advancements, x-rays are safer and more effective than ever before. With digital x-rays and our other cutting-edge techniques, we can provide a supreme, highly-personalized level of care.

How Does Digital Radiography Work?


A digital x-ray uses a special sensor to capture images instead of a traditional film slide. There are two main types of dental x-rays: intraoral and extraoral. During an intraoral x-ray, the more common of the two, we place the sensor inside your mouth. An extraoral x-ray is taken outside of the mouth. The type of x-ray we order depends on your individual needs.

The digital sensor captures images of your teeth and supportive jawbone. Once the x-ray is complete, you should be able to view the image on our monitor in just a couple minutes. This allows you to stay more informed on the current status of your oral health. It also helps us illustrate how and why we perform certain treatments.

Reasons for an X-ray


X-rays give us a detailed look at your teeth, bone, and other supportive tissues. The most common reasons we perform an x-ray include:
•  Diagnosis of tooth decay, gum disease, and other dental diseases
•  Diagnosis of damage or structural abnormalities
•  Gathering a greater understanding of your roots
•  Checking the status of developing teeth and jawbone for children
•  Determining the extent of an injury caused by facial trauma
•  Ensuring you are in good oral and overall health
•  Treatment planning for restorative or cosmetic procedures

Types of Digital X-rays


Types of intraoral x-rays include:
•  Bite-wing X-rays: Typically used to highlight the crowns of your posterior (back) teeth. These x-rays show the upper and lower molars and bicuspids.
•  Periapical X-rays: Typically used to highlight a single tooth, from crown to root to the supportive bone. Periapical x-rays help us diagnose abnormalities that exist below the gum tissues.
•  Occlusal X-rays: Typically used to show all the teeth in either the upper or lower jaw. These x-rays are most common for children, allow us to monitor the development and position of the teeth and gums.
•  Panoramic X-rays: These x-rays show the entire mouth in a single image, including all teeth in both arches.
•  Cephalometric Projections: An x-ray that shows the entire side of the head, from a profile, to illuminate the relationship between the jaws and teeth.
•  Cone-beam Computed Tomography: A three-dimensional representation of the teeth, gums, soft tissues, jaw, and maxillofacial structures. All of this information is produced in a single scan, which helps us better understand the bigger picture, literally!

Benefits of Digital Radiography


We utilize digital radiography because of its many benefits, some of which include:
•  Less Radiation
•  Higher Quality Images
•  Faster Dental Appointments
•  Better for the Environment
•  Easily Transferred Between Doctors

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If you would like to learn more about our state-of-the-art facility, the best way to do so is in person. Call Dr. Summers to schedule an appointment now!
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