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A digital X-ray is a state-of-the-art dental examination that utilizes an electronic sensor to capture digital images of the teeth. Dental X-ray images can be reviewed immediately to view any dental issues or conditions. Digital X-rays are an important diagnostic exam used to view dental conditions not seen during an visual oral exam. Dental X-rays are safe and can pinpoint any problems that may go undetected

Digital X-rays may detect:

  • Abscesses
  • Cysts
  • Deteriorating dental bone
  • Cancerous/non-cancerous tumors
  • Tooth decay
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Poor tooth and root positions
  • Dental issues within the tooth or below the gum line
Digital X-rays can help detect early dental issues, save money, and prevent further dental issues.

Are dental X-rays safe?

Dental Digital X-rays are a quick and safe way to examine the patient’s dental health. Digital X-rays have a lower level of radiation than traditional X-rays. At Valley Alder Family Dentistry, our dental hygienists and dentists take every precaution before performing a digital X-ray. Dental professionals utilized lead apron shields to protect the body from any possible radiation exposure from the digital X-ray.

When should dental X-rays be performed?

Dental X-rays are performed based on the patient’s individual dental needs. Dentists and dental hygienists may recommend further examination depending on the patient’s oral health, dental history, and symptoms. At Valley Alder Family Dentistry, we recommend a digital X-ray examination for all new patients for us to gain further insight into their dental health and needs.