Digital X-Rays

Digital X-Rays Bixby Knolls, CA

Dentist of Bixby Knolls provides a full range of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental procedures to patients in the Bixby Knolls and North Long Beach area. We do so in a modern, innovative office that uses the latest dental technology. One of the innovations we have embraced is digital x-rays.

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What Are Digital X-Rays?

Digital x-rays are x-rays taken of the oral cavity, including the teeth, gums, and mouth using digital sensors instead of traditional radiography film. They are also called digital dental radiographs and are used to diagnose dental issues in the same way that traditional x-rays are used. Digital dental x-rays produce superior images to traditional x-rays.

How Are Digital X-Rays Different Than Traditional X-Rays?

Digital x-rays use digital sensors to create computerized images of your mouth. Traditional x-rays utilize a special type of photographic film, called radiography film, to capture these same images. Those images then must be developed and, if they do not come out properly, retaken.

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What Are the Types of Digital X-Rays?

As with traditional x-rays, digital x-rays can be taken intraorally (inside the mouth) or extraorally (outside the mouth) to help identify any problems with your teeth or jaws. It is also possible to take a panoramic view of your jaw with digital x-rays to help identify any issues with your face, jaw bones, and any impacted teeth.

How Much Time Is Required to Take Digital X-Rays?

Digital x-rays take no more time than is required to take traditional x-rays, sometimes less. It should only take a few minutes to capture a complete set of digital x-rays at our office and they will be immediately available for your provider to review.

Are Digital X-Rays Safe?

Digital x-rays are much safer than traditional x-rays in terms of radiation exposure. They require only 10-20 percent of the amount of radiation required to take traditional x-rays. This means you are exposed to much less radiation each time you get an x-ray at our Bixby Knolls office. We also use protective measures, such as lead aprons, to help ensure your safety.

If you have more questions related to x-ray safety, please contact our office. Our staff will be happy to assist you and answer all your questions.

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What Are the Advantages of Digital X-Rays?

Digital x-rays offer higher-resolution and more detailed views of the oral cavity than traditional x-rays. These x-rays can also be enhanced and zoomed in on small sections of a tooth that would not be visible on a traditional x-ray. Computer programs can be used with digital x-rays to discover issues at an earlier stage than is possible with traditional x-rays, making treatment easier and quicker.

Because they are created and stored electronically, digital dental x-rays can also be easily shared with other providers. They also take up much less space and are safer than traditional x-rays. Finally, they produce no hazardous waste and are more environmentally friendly.

How Much Do Digital X-Rays Cost?

Dental x-rays are normally performed once per year and cost on par with traditional x-rays. Most dental insurance plans cover some or all of the cost of these x-rays. If they do not, or you do not have dental insurance, our staff will explain what the cost will be for your digital dental x-rays, so you do not have any surprises. They generally run between $100 and $200.

Our Bixby Knolls office offers affordable payment and financing options to help you get the care you need. Please speak to our staff if you think one of these options might be right for you.

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Would You Like a Better Smile?

Make an appointment with Dentist of Bixby Knolls by calling (562) 287-5175 today!