Patient Guidelines During COVID-19

Digital X-Rays


Cosmetic Dentists, Implant Dentists, Pedodontists & General Dentists in the Central Coast and Bakersfield, California

Digital X-rays are an essential diagnostic tool that helps treat dental disease and protect your oral health. The team at CaliDental, located in Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Bakersfield, and Lompoc, California, proudly offers safe, high-resolution digital X-ray technology to every patient under their care. To see how digital imaging can help protect and improve your dental health, call or schedule an appointment online with their office today.

Digital X-Rays Q & A

What is a digital X-ray?

Digital X-ray is a radiographic technology used in many areas of health care to help prevent, diagnose, and treat health conditions of all kinds. The team of professionals at CaliDental use digital X-ray technology to diagnose and treat a range of dental and oral health issues.

Digital X-rays offer a high-resolution digital picture of your teeth, jaw, soft tissues, and sinuses. Your dentist can view and enlarge the digital images quickly and easily, as the pictures are stored on a computer rather than printed. 

Digital X-rays are a safe and effective way to get a reliable picture of your oral health and can help your dentist create a customized plan of care that protects your dental wellness. 

How can digital X-rays improve my dental health?

Your dentist and dental hygienist use digital images for early detection of conditions such as:

  • Misalignment
  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Bone deterioration
  • Cancerous or noncancerous tumors
  • Tooth decay and cavities
  • Development abnormalities
  • Impacted teeth
  • Abnormal tooth and root positions
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction

They may also use digital X-rays to plan procedures, such as dental implants, tooth extraction, root canal, crowns, and more.

How often do I need digital X-rays?

Your dentist recommends X-rays depending on your dental history, dental exam, age, risk factors, and symptoms. Typically, they suggest that new patients receive a full series of dental digital X-rays, which are usually good for three to five years.

Ideally, you receive bite-wing X-rays, which isolate the top and bottom teeth, once or twice a year during regular checkups. If your X-rays reveal any dental problems, the team creates a treatment plan that fits your needs.

Are dental digital X-rays safe?

Dental digital X-rays are safe, delivering 80-90% less radiation than traditional dental radiology. Dental X-rays only involve a small area of your body and produce a very low level of radiation. Digital X-rays also eliminate the need for chemicals, which can have a negative impact on the environment. 

Even though digital X-rays considered extremely safe, your dental team still takes precautions to limit your exposure to radiation. These precautions include only taking those X-rays that are necessary, and using lead apron shields to protect the rest of your body from radiation exposure.

To make digital X-rays a part of your dental health plan, call or schedule an appointment online with CaliDental today.