To improve your care, we have invested in a new way of looking into your mouth — a procedure that is fast and incredibly precise: digital X-rays. Digital X-rays are computer-generated images with 90% less radiation than conventional film X-rays have. What is even more amazing is that we get an image immediately that is large, clear and accurate, and the files are sent right next to your chair, ready for discussion. The computer allows enlargement, highlighting, magnifying, inverting, clear-viewing, color coding and contrasting of X-ray photos for educational purposes.
For insurance purposes, referrals or patient education, a digital radiograph can be accurately reproduced any number of times. This modern technology adds further benefits for our patients. We can detect cavities far better than with the old system, and sooner and smaller than ever before. That means that we can correct them sooner and easier for you, before they seriously weaken the teeth. In summary, digital X-rays are faster and allow our dentists and team to provide better quality care.
The different types of X-rays we take here include:
- Bitewing: This shows the crowns of several upper and lower teeth on one small film. This type of X-ray is especially useful for showing cavities between teeth and changes in bone caused by periodontal disease.
- Periapical: This X-ray shows entire teeth, including all of the roots and surrounding tissues, on one small film. This X-ray shows many kinds of disorders, including impacted teeth, fractures, abscesses, cysts and tumors.
- Full-Mouth Series: This is a complete set of bitewing and periapical X-rays that show all of the teeth, roots and related areas of the jaws. This consists of 18 X-ray pictures. This full-mouth series is taken once every three to five years.
For more information about digital X-rays in Greenwood Village, Colorado, and to make an appointment with Dr. Charles Fischer and Dr. Lissa Alconcel, call Greenwood Village Dentistry today at 303-740-9353.