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Digital Dental X-Rays

Dr. Christopher Henes and his dental team are proud to offer a wide variety of services, including digital radiograph (X-Ray) technology in Aurora, CO

Dentistry has come a long way over the centuries.  One of the many advancements in dentistry is radiographs or better known as X-rays. The early installment of x- rays started with actual film that was developed in the office.  Over time as technology has become more advanced means now we can still take radiographs in office but now we don’t need to develop the film in office. Now, dental radiographs are digital. With digital x-rays the patient receives far less exposure than the old film radiographs. At Iliff Family Dental, we are proud to provide our patients the latest and greatest advances in dental products by offering digital radiographs (X-rays).

Digital Dental X-Rays

At Iliff Family Dental, we want to provide our patients with the latest and greatest technology. One of the ways we have done this is with the use of digital radiographs (dental x-rays). With new digital x-rays, our patients are exposed to 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays. Also, because the images are digital, they can be seen in the room instantaneously in every treatment room.

Besides minimizing radiation exposure, digital dental x-rays offer numerous advantages to dentists and patients alike. These Include:

  • No chemical processing (great for our environment) & no waiting
  • A clearer picture. It’s possible to get more information from digital x-rays because they are sharper and can be enhanced in a number of ways. The contrast can be increased or decreased, and areas of concern can be magnified. Its even possible to compare them on-screen to your previous dental x-rays, making even the most minute changes to your tooth structure easier to detect.
  • Easy sharing and storage. Digital X-rays provide a better visual aid for you as the patient to understand your diagnosis and treatment options. They can be e-mailed to different locations, so they are also far less likely to be misplaced

What are Digital X-Rays?

Digital radiography (known as digital X-ray) uses an electronic sensor instead of traditional X-ray film to capture X-ray images. The digital images are then easily stored directly to a computer. Low dose digital X-rays have a number of advantages:
  • Digital X-rays reduce patient radiation exposure by up to 80 percent compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental X-rays.
  • Your dentist can instantly view and enlarge the images, allowing us to detect problems easier and point them out to you.
  • Digital X-rays do not require film processing, thereby eliminating the need to dispose of harmful waste products and chemicals into the environment.

Why are X-rays necessary?​

As a preventative, diagnostic tool, dental X-rays are essential, revealing valuable information not otherwise visible during a regular dental exam. They enable us to look at what is going on between teeth and under the gum, then use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and create an accurate treatment plan. Without X-rays, such problem areas may go undetected.

Among other things, dental X-rays may reveal:

  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Bone Loss
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
  • Decay between the teeth
  • Development abnormalities
  • Poor tooth and root positions
  • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line
Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort—and your teeth!

Questions & Answers (FAQ)

A: We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment.  Studies have shown that the radiation exposure from traditional bitewing dental X-rays is about 1/100th of the amount of radiation obtained from natural sources in the US each year.  Furthermore, digital X-rays produce up to 80% less radiation compared to traditional dental X-rays. Not only are digital X-rays better for the health and safety of the patient, they are faster and more comfortable to take, which reduces your time in the dental office.  Also, since the digital image is captured electronically, there is no need to develop the X-rays, thus eliminating the disposal of harmful waste and chemicals into the environment.

A: Even though digital X-rays produce a low level of radiation and are very safe we still take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation.  These precautions include only taking those X-rays that are necessary, and using lead apron shields to protect the body.

A: The need for dental X-rays depends on each patients’ individual dental health needs. We only recommend X-rays that are medically and dentally necessary, based upon our review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and risk of disease.  If you are a new patient, we may recommend radiographs to determine the present status of the hidden areas of your mouth and to help analyze changes that may occur later. The schedule for needing radiographs at recall visits varies according to your age, risk for disease and signs and symptoms. Recent films may be needed to detect new cavities, or to determine the status of gum disease or for evaluation of growth and development.

Schedule Your Appointment to discuss treatment with Dr. Christopher Henes in Aurora, CO Today!

If you are interested in learning more about digital radiographs, call 303-695-0102 or book an appointment with our 5-star-rated dentist. We are conveniently located on Iliff near I-225. During your session, our experienced dentist and team will take the time to answer all your questions about our treatments, our office, our flexible payment options, and anything else you may want to know about us! Come to experience Iliff Family Dental and our unmatched patient experience! You will quickly see why people in Aurora, CO love us