Getting x-rays at the dentist is an essential part of preventive healthcare. X-rays reveal the overall structure of the jaw, as well as the interior portion of the teeth and the overall thickness of the enamel. In the past, most dental offices used traditional x-rays that relied upon radiation and specific x-ray film. At Serene Dental, we prefer to use more modern techniques to improve our patient experience. This means we offer digital x-rays from our office in Portland, OR, to better accommodate our patients and offer better care overall.
During digital x-rays, our technicians are able to get a full view of the jaws and teeth through the use of an electronic sensor. The sensor allows us to create digital images that are then stored in our office’s computer system. We also utilize dental cone-beam tomography (CBCT) to create a full 3D image as part of our x-rays.
There are numerous advantages to using digital x-rays. One of the most important is the equipment reduces how much radiation a patient is exposed to. In studies, using the digital system meant patients were only exposed to 1/10 of the radiation of traditional radiography.
The other primary benefit is the creation of digital images. Because the images are stored and observed on a computer, our dentist is able to enhance, zoom, and rotate while studying them. This allows our staff to see potential issues better and identify underlying problems affecting our patients.
Digital x-rays are essential for proper preventive care. Many of the common dental issues faced by our patients, such as tooth decay, abscesses, and infections, can be seen on an x-ray. When done properly, our technology makes it easy to see and diagnose:
At Serene Dental, we utilize digital x-rays for all of our patients as part of preventive care. This means you can receive digital x-rays near you when you visit our office no matter what type of treatment you are seeking. For more information, schedule an appointment at our Portland, OR, office today.