Dental X-Rays - Why?
Dental X-rays are one of the most important part of your regular
dental treatment. Dr. Chen uses the specialized imaging technology
to look for hidden tooth decay - also called cavities - and can show
dental issues such as abscessed teeth, dental tumors, and cysts.
Additionally, your dental X-rays allow Dr. Chen to see the
condition of prior dental procedures, such as fillings, crowns, root
canals, and bridges. And, too, he will be able to look for
possible bone loss as a result of periodontal gum disease and find
hidden tartar build up.
In addition to diagnostics, your Bellevue dentist Dr. Chen may choose to perform dental
X-rays in order to check for bone density as part of preparing you for
dental implants, which require an adequate density in order to support
What are Digital Dental X-Rays?
Like old fashioned dental X-rays, digital dental X-rays are used to take images of your mouth, including tooth structure and
your jaw bones. In order to take the digital images, we will place a small sensor in your mouth, carefully
positioned. This small sensor is connected to the processing computer by
a very thin wire.
Digital x-rays are immediate, which means, there is no waiting time
for developing like traditional x-ray films.
With digital dental X-rays, your dentist or other dental professional
is able to immediately see your teeth and jaw bones. This means that
assessment and diagnosis is virtually instantaneous.
Digital Dental X-Rays - A Standard of Care
Below are a few advantages of using digital x-ray systems as opposed
to old school traditional xray films:
- A reduction in the amount of radiation you are exposed to during
the X-ray process - by up to 80%!
- No need for dental film or processing chemicals in order for
your dentist to be able to see the images.
- An almost instantaneous ability to see the X-ray images, which
means, if you are in pain, you’re not waiting for the images to
be processed and then viewed.
- Your dentist is able to use color contrast in viewing and
manipulating the X-ray image, in order to see all of the details in
When you are looking for a dentist, you would be well served to
choose one who offers digital dental X-rays. The benefits are immense,
the process is simple and painless, and you will be able to see the images
when your dentist reviews them with you.
Dr. Chen has invested in this awesome technology in the Bellevue dental office, as opposed to traditional film x-rays, so you experience much less radiation and get faster results. These radiographs are extremely accurate and are available instantly so that you don't have to wait for them to develop. Dental x-ray images can be as big as a computer screen, allowing us to diagnose problems much earlier before they become serious. In addition, our use of digital x-rays is environmentally friendly, eliminating chemical and lead waste. This was actually one of Dr. Nelson Chen's goals when he was designing his dental office in Bellevue, back in 2005.
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