X-rays (radiographs) are a primary tool for early identification of dental problems. Early detection can help prevent the need for more extensive, expensive procedures or surgeries and can save time and money. X-rays are primarily used to detect:
Our office uses large, on-screen digital x-rays, which makes patient communication more effective. The immediate observation of the images on the screen allows us to discuss your dental health quickly and accurately.
Images are available instantly after exposure, eliminating the wait and effort spent developing and mounting traditional film x-rays. If an image needs to be retaken, it can be done immediately. These digital x-rays use only 20% of the radiation of traditional film x-rays. Digital format also allows us to send and receive your images electronically, allowing for faster consultation, if needed.
Panoramic RadiographDigital panoramic x-rays help Dr. Dahle and Dr. Tingey evaluate the entire mouth and jaw in one complete picture. The jaw, TMJ joint, teeth, and bones in the head and neck are visible. This type of x-ray is used to evaluate wisdom teeth for extraction, before referral to the orthodontist, before implant placement, to identify areas not readily visible on smaller films, and to be included in complete chart information to track changes over time.
When you get a panoramic x-ray, you are positioned standing. While holding completely still, the x-ray machine moves around your head. This takes about 20 seconds. The x-ray is viewable immediately after completion.