Digital X-Rays

We provide the latest in digital x-ray technology. The digital x-ray system that we use in our office is the Dexis system which provides accurate images at 90% less radiation to our patients.  

With Dexis digital x-rays we use a state of the art x-ray sensor instead of film. This sensor is much more sensitive to the radiation; therefore we are able to reduce the exposure of radiation dramatically to get the desired image. Once the x-ray is taken, it shows on our screen immediately. Instant images mean that there is less waiting time for our patients. Digital x-rays are also environmentally friendly because we no longer need to use chemicals to process the films.

Digital x-rays are clear, accurate images that can be enlarged for better diagnosis. We are able to look at the x-rays with our patients so that our patients become involved with their diagnosis allowing for a better understanding of treatment for our patients. Another great advantage of digital x-rays is that we are able to compare two images, the current image and the previous image, in the computer side by side which makes it very clear if anything has changed since the previous time.

We use a lead apron and a thyroid collar for our patients' protection. This, along with the low radiation emitted makes our digital dental x-rays a safe procedure.

We take two types of digital x-rays in our office, Bitewings and Periapical x-rays:

Bitewing x-rays are what is considered "check-up x-rays". Bitewing x-rays show the details of the upper and lower teeth together from the crown portion of the tooth to about the level of the bone. Bitewing x-rays are used to detect cavities in between the teeth, which is an area that we are unable to see visually in the mouth. Bitewing x-rays also show changes in the bone levels and density, changes that are usually caused by gum disease or clenching of the teeth. 

Periapical x-rays are taken in a "full mouth series or FMX" which consists of 18 different x-rays, they are also taken individually to diagnose a single tooth when needed. Periapical x-rays show the whole tooth: the crown, the root, and the bone. This type of x-ray shows us if the root of the tooth is healthy as well as its surrounding bone.

We are happy to listen to our patients' concerns and answer any questions that you may have regarding digital x-rays.

Our digital x-rays patients come to us from San Marcos, Encinitas, Escondido, Rancho Bernardo and San Diego.