Digital X-Rays

Excel Dental utilizes all digital radiography. It is the latest technology used to take dental X-rays. When taking a picture of your teeth our team will use an electronic sensor (instead of X-ray film) to capture a digital image of your teeth and store the image within your computer chart. This digital image will instantly be viewed on a screen in front of you where Drs. Davis and Matthews and team will educate you on your dentition and the supporting structures of your teeth.

Drs. Davis and Matthews often request Digital X-rays for preventative and diagnostic reasons:
• Abscesses or cysts.
• Bone loss.
• Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
• Decay between the teeth.
• Developmental abnormalities.
• Pain.
• Poor tooth and root positions.
• Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.

Our dental team uses digital X-rays to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete a comprehensive treatment plan. X-rays are needed to keep patients at Excel Dental smiling healthy and detect early stages of dental disease.

Are dental X-rays safe?
Digital x-rays are considered very safe. Digital x-rays used at Excel Dental reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the traditional methods of dental x-rays. With the very low level of radiation Drs. Davis and Matthews still take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation and only take x-rays that are necessary for treatment.

How often should you get dental X-rays?
Drs. Davis and Matthews will recommend necessary x-rays following your dental exam. They will also recommend necessary x-rays based upon the review of your personal medical and dental history, age, and risk of disease or any persisting signs and symptoms.

Drs. Davis and Matthews recommend a full mouth series of dental x-rays for new patients, which is generally good for three to five years. They also recommend bitewing x-rays be taken at check-up visits to detect new dental problems.

If you have questions about digital x-rays, please contact Excel Dental. Talk with Drs. Davis and Matthews prior to your digital x-rays if you have any concerns or if you suspect that you are pregnant.