Digital X-Rays

Digital radiography (digital x-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental x-rays.  This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer.  This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems easier.  Digital x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.

Dental x-rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam.  Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan.  Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.

Dental x-rays may reveal:

  • Abscesses or cysts.
  • Bone loss.
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
  • Decay between the teeth.
  • Developmental abnormalities.
  • Poor tooth and root positions.
  • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.

Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!

Are dental x-rays safe?

We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment.  Digital x-rays produce a significantly lower level of radiation compared to traditional dental x-rays.  Not only are digital x-rays better for the health and safety of the patient, they are faster and more comfortable to take, which reduces your time in the dental office.  Also, since the digital image is captured electronically, there is no need to develop the x-rays, thus eliminating the disposal of harmful waste and chemicals into the environment.

Even though digital x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered very safe, dentists still take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation.  These precautions include only taking those x-rays that are necessary, and using lead apron shields to protect the body.

How often should dental x-rays be taken?

The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs.  Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based upon the review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and risk of disease.

A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients.  A full series is usually good for three to five years.  Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.


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Matthew R. Comfort, DDS, FAGD
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Roseville dentist Matt Comfort operates a general, family, and cosmetic dentist office located at 568 North Sunrise Avenue in Roseville, with convenient access from both Hwys 80 and 65. Dental procedures include cosmetic dentistry, periodontal dentistry, dental exams, tooth cleaning, fillings, porcelain inlays and onlays, implants, crowns, bridges, veneers, teeth whitening, root canal therapy, orthodontics, periodontal treatment and surgery, and restorations including dentures and crowns. From our dental office in Roseville, we serves patients in the communities of Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Newcastle, Penryn, Lincoln, Sheridan, Wheatland, Colfax, Meadow Vista, Auburn, Citrus Heights, Folsom, and Sacramento. For more information contact us at (916) 786-2010, admin@mattcomfortdds.com, or Matt Comfort DDS, 568 North Sunrise Avenue, Ste. 390, Roseville, CA 95661.