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Digital X-Rays

Smiles in Springfield

General Dentists & Implant Dentist located in Springfield, VA

When you need X-rays to pinpoint problems with your teeth, gums, and bones, digital X-rays provide information quickly and with minimal radiation exposure. With a dedication to using today’s safest and most advanced technology, Dr. Quang Cao Tran, DDS, at Smiles in Springfield is proud to use digital X-rays that detect the smallest details and identify problems at a very early stage. If you have questions about digital X-rays, call the office in Springfield, Virginia, or schedule a consultation online.

Digital X-Rays Q & A

What are digital X-rays?

Digital X-rays create images of your teeth using digital sensors instead of the traditional photographic plate. The digital sensors convert X-ray beams into an image that’s displayed on a computer.  

When might I need digital X-rays?

Though the team at Smiles in Springfield generally doesn’t take X-rays more than once a year, X-rays are one of the most important tools in dentistry, where they’re used to detect problems such as:

  • Tooth decay
  • Bone loss or damage
  • Abscesses
  • Cysts
  • Impacted teeth

Digital X-rays also show the condition and position of teeth, which helps your dentist plan for procedures such as dental implants and dentures.

What are the benefits of digital X-rays?

Digital X-rays offer several important benefits over traditional X-rays, including:

Minimal radiation exposure

Digital X-ray sensors are more sensitive than traditional X-rays, so it takes less radiation to get a good image. As a result, you’re exposed to at least 80% less radiation.

Faster results with advanced features

Digital images appear immediately on the computer, where your dentist can enlarge the images and show you problems on a monitor.

Permanent record

Since digital X-rays are saved as electronic files, they become part of your permanent dental record, so it’s quick and easy to access. The computer software also allows your dentist to compare your current digital image with an earlier X-ray.

How do digital X-rays improve my dental care?

Digital X-rays produce images with more depth and clarity than traditional X-rays. They can also be enlarged without distorting the image. As a result, digital X-rays reveal microscopic details, such as hidden areas of decay between your teeth or below existing fillings. Digital X-rays also allow your dentist to see the slightest signs of gum disease, bone abnormalities, and abnormal growths.

What are panoramic X-rays?

The team at Smiles in Springfield also uses digital equipment to create panoramic X-rays. These X-rays are produced using a special machine with two arms that move in semicircles around your head. Panoramic X-rays create an image of your entire mouth, including your teeth, upper and lower jaws, the temporomandibular joints, and your sinuses. 

If you have questions about digital X-rays, call Smiles in Springfield or schedule a consultation online.