Digital X-Rays

Gentle Dental Care

General Dentists, Cosmetic Dentists, & Family Dentists located in Grand Island, NE

Being able to detect the very earliest signs of tooth decay or other dental health problems can help you preserve your teeth and avoid having a toothache. Digital X-rays provide the skilled dental team at Gentle Dental Care in Grand Island, Nebraska, with exceptionally detailed images of your teeth and jaws to enable them to carry out expert treatment at the earliest stages. Call Gentle Dental Care to find out more or to set up your consultation.

Digital X-Rays Q & A

What is a digital X-ray?

Digital X-rays are an easier, faster way of taking X-rays of your teeth. Traditional X-rays require you to bite down on a special plastic device that has an X-ray film inside it. When your dentist at Gentle Dental Care takes digital X-rays, they put a sensor on your teeth instead.

The sensor looks like a small piece of film, but with a digital X-ray, your dentist can make adjustments to the brightness or contrast of the image after taking it. This enables them to detect the most minute areas of decay in your teeth.

Digital X-rays are instant, which means your dentist can see them right away, whereas traditional X-rays need to be developed. Using digital X-rays also reduces your exposure to radiation.

Why would I need a digital X-ray?

Digital X-rays are a valuable preventive tool in dentistry, as they enable your dentist to see inside your tooth, the roots, and surrounding bone. 

Using digital X-rays, your dentist can spot the beginnings of any decay, disease, or damage before it becomes a serious problem. You can then receive prompt treatment that could save you considerable pain, inconvenience, and expense.

Digital X-rays can show your dentist whether you have problems such as:

  • Gum disease
  • Abscesses
  • Cavities
  • Cysts
  • Tumors
  • Impacted teeth
  • Unerupted teeth

If you visit your dentist at Gentle Dental Care because you’re in pain, they can use digital X-rays to help find the cause of your discomfort and assess the extent of the problem.

New patients typically need to have a full set of digital X-rays to assess their current oral health and provide a comparison for future exams. After that, your dentist decides how often you need digital X-rays based on your individual needs.

Are there different kinds of digital X-rays?

There are several different types of digital X-rays. A panoramic digital X-ray takes a picture of your whole mouth and jaw in one picture. This enables your dentist to look at the structure of your mouth and how everything fits together.

You might, on the other hand, need a close-up digital X-ray, which focuses on a specific area in great detail. This enables your dentist to see the smallest problems or issues like decay in between your teeth that would be harder to spot on a standard digital X-ray.

Digital X-rays are simple, painless, and provide instant results, enabling your dentist to take better care of your teeth. Call Gentle Dental Care today to find out more or book an appointment.