Digital x-rays are a type of dental imaging that allows us to send images directly to a computer for storage. In just a few moments, we can view the digitally perfect images and share them with you on a monitor so you can see exactly what we see. Dental cone beam computed tomography (CT) is a special type of x-ray machine used in situations where regular x-rays are not sufficient. This type of CT scanner uses a special type of technology to generate three dimensional (3-D) images of dental structures, soft tissues, nerve paths and bone in the craniofacial region in a single scan.
Dental cone beam CT is commonly used for:
- evaluation of impacted teeth, including wisdom teeth.
- evaluating temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
- accurate placement of dental implants.
- evaluation of root canal treated teeth.
- detecting and measuring jaw tumors and lesions.
Additionally, digital x-rays offer several other advantages over traditional film x-rays. The software lets us enlarge the image, which helps Dr. Katie see even the tiniest changes, which wouldn't be seen during a visual oral exam. The scanning process is painless and super accurate.
Digital x-rays are safer for you because they significantly reduce your exposure to radiation. State-of-the-art digital images are also better for the environment since we don’t have to worry about safely disposing of potentially hazardous materials used with traditional film x-rays. Digital images can also be sent electronically to a specialist or a new dentist if you move.