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Digital X-Rays

Dental X-Rays – Why?

Dental X-rays are one of the most important parts of your regular dental treatment. Dr. Panahi uses the specialized imaging technology to look for hidden tooth decay – also called cavities – and can show dental issues such as abscessed teeth, dental tumors, and cysts.

Additionally, your dental X-rays allow Dr. Panahi to see the condition of prior dental procedures, such as fillings, crowns, root canals, and bridges. And, too, Dr. Panahi will be able to look for possible bone loss as a result of periodontal gum disease and find hidden tartar build up.

In addition to diagnostics, Dr. Panahi may choose to perform dental X-rays in order to check for bone density as part of preparing you for dental implants, which require an adequate density in order to support the implants.

What are Digital Dental X-Rays?

Like old fashioned dental X-rays, digital dental X-rays are used by Dr. Panahi to take images of your mouth, including tooth structure and your jaw bones. In order to take the digital images, Dr. Panahi – or a dental technician – will place a small sensor in your mouth, carefully positioned. This small sensor is connected to the processing computer by a very thin wire.

Dr. Panahi or the dental tech inputs the command for the the X-ray machine to send an X-ray through your teeth and into the sensor, effectively taking a photo of your tooth or teeth. The sensor captures the resulting image and sends it through the wire to the computer. Then Dr. Panahi will reposition the sensor and take additional digital X-rays until all of your teeth have been X-rayed.

With digital dental X-rays, Dr. Panahi is able to immediately see your teeth and jaw bones. This means that assessment and diagnosis is virtually instantaneous.

Digital Dental X-Rays – A Great Advance

Many dentists are now using digital dental X-rays, which have many benefits for you, as the patient. Among some of the many benefits for you, are:

  • A reduction in the amount of radiation you are exposed to during the X-ray process.
  • No need for dental film or processing chemicals in order for Dr. Panahi to be able to see the images.
  •  An almost instantaneous ability to see the X-ray images, which means, if you’re in pain, you’re not waiting for the images to be processed and then viewed.
  •  Dr. Panahi is able to use color contrast in viewing and manipulating the X-ray image, in order to see all of the details in the image.

The benefits are immense, the process is simple and painless, and you’ll be able to see the images when Dr. Panahi reviews them with you.