Digital X-rays

Digital radiography (digital X-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental X-rays.  In our office, we use an electronic sensor (instead of film) to capture and store the image on a computer.  We then can instantly view the image, helping us to detect problems more easily.  We invested in the technology of digital X-rays because they reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional x-rays.

Radiographs are essential diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam.  We use this data to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities.  Without regular x-rays, we may not be able to find problem areas until it is too late.

Dental X-rays may reveal:

Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, and unnecessary discomfort!

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Are dental X-rays safe?

We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment, especially here in Boulder, CO.  Digital X-rays produce a significantly lower level of radiation compared to traditional dental x-rays.  They are also faster and more comfortable to take, which reduces your time in the dental office.  Additionally, since the digital image is captured electronically, there is no need to develop the radiograph.  Luckily, this eliminates the disposal of harmful waste and chemicals into the environment from film development.  We are committed to the health and safety of our patients and our community, and as such are always considering our practice’s footprint.  

Even though digital X-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered very safe, we will still take necessary precautions to limit your exposure to radiation.  These precautions include only taking those that are necessary and using lead apron shields to protect you.

How often do you need to take them?

The frequency depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs.  We recommend necessary X-rays based upon the review of your  history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and risk of disease.

We typically recommend more x-rays for new patients and those more prone to dental diseases.  On average, however, we recommend taking x-rays once per year to detect new dental problems.