Digital X-rays are a cutting-edge diagnostic tool that has greatly improved the way we capture dental X-rays by both reducing the time it takes to capture images and the time it takes to have them ready for viewing. Digital X-rays help uncover concealed oral structures, such as wisdom teeth, expose the earliest signs of cavities, and reveal cracks and bone loss.
At Saddler Family Dentistry, we use digital X-rays to capture precise images of your oral cavity and recommend this type of X-ray as it uses significantly less radiation than traditional film X-rays and does not require chemicals for developing the images. Using digital X-rays, our dentist, Dr. Saddler, can immediately view the high-quality images on a computer screen right in the treatment room and provide more efficient and precise diagnosis and care.
What Are the Uses of Digital X-Rays?
Digital X-rays can be employed to detect and diagnose several types of dental problems, such as:
- Tooth decay and cavities
- Fractures in existing fillings
- Developmental abnormalities
- Improper tooth root positioning
- Cysts and abscesses
- Infections in the tooth nerves
- Bone loss
- Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
Digital X-rays are used in planning many types of dental procedures like oral surgery, dental implant placements, root canal treatment, orthodontics, and more.
Advantages of Digital X-Rays
In addition to reducing radiation exposure, digital X-rays offer several advantages, including:
The processing of digital X-rays does not require the use of chemicals. Thus, they do not release any hazardous chemicals into the environment.
There is no film required to be developed with digital X-rays, so there is also no waiting time. We can immediately show you the images on a computer screen for easy viewing.
Digital X-rays offer more data as they are sharper and can be easily enhanced. The picture contrast can be modified, and the affected areas can be magnified.
Digital X-rays provide a more detailed image of the tooth and help you better understand your diagnosis and treatment options. They can be stored and mailed to different locations, and the chances of them getting misplaced are minimal.
Our experienced team at Saddler Family Dentistry uses digital X-rays to provide better care for your teeth and surrounding oral structures. To learn more, visit us at 1504 Alcatraz Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703, or call (510) 653-6424 for an appointment.