• Mary Swift, D.D.S. | General Dentist
  • Terrel Myers, D.D.S. | General Dentist
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Digital X-Rays (Dental Radiography) – Dallas, TX

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Overview

Digital X-rays, also known as digital radiography, is an advanced technology that has been adapted by dental practices as a safer, more effective way to create dental X-rays than traditional film X-rays. Dallas Laser Dentistry uses digital X-rays because they take less time, produce better images, make dental records easy to store, they are safer for the patient, and environmentally friendly. When needed, areas of the digital X-ray can be enlarged to help Dr. Mary Swift or Dr. Terrel Myers get a clearer view of any dental concerns. This helps the dentists catch and treat problems like cavities and gum disease earlier.

Best Candidate

At Dallas Laser Dentistry, all patients receive digital X-rays during their semiannual dental examination and then as needed if there are other concerns. Digital X-rays are stored in our database, so Dr. Swift and Dr. Myers can bring up past X-rays for comparison. Digital X-rays also make dental exams for children and those with special health care needs more comfortable.

What to Expect

To begin, the dentist will place a sensor into your mouth, which is similar to the bitewings used in traditional X-rays. The digital sensor sends digital X-rays to a computer where they can be viewed by Dr. Swift and Dr. Myers. The dentist will also use the digital images to show the patient any areas of concern. If needed, digital dental X-rays can be easily shared with a specialist for a second opinion or your insurance company.

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Safety Concerns?

Digital X-rays use up to 90% less radiation than traditional film X-rays, which makes it safer for children and women who are pregnant. Digital X-rays also reduce the potential radiation to the dental staff and eliminates the use of toxic chemicals required to develop film X-rays.

Intraoral Vs. Extraoral?

Digital intraoral X-rays, or those taken inside the mouth are taken to monitor the health of your mouth and detect cavities. Intraoral X-rays include bitewing and periapical (limited). Digital extraoral X-rays take images from outside the mouth and are used to identify problems like impacted teeth, abnormal jaw development, and the development of other facial bones Extraoral X-rays include panoramic, multi-slice computed tomography (MCT), cephalometric projections, sialoraphy, cone beam computerized tomography (CBT).

Why Digital?

Digital dental X-rays offer many advantages, but one of the most important to Dallas Laser Dentistry is the increased comfort to our patients and more accurate detection of oral health problems. By catching concerns early, the patient can be treated with less time, money, and discomfort.

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