Utilizing an electronic sensor instead of traditional X-ray film, digital X-rays easily capture images that can then be sent to a computer. This type of dental X-ray is more advanced than its old school counterpart and allows our dentists to get the job done quicker.

All you need to do as the patient is sit in the chair for a few minutes while our dental staff comfortably insert the small sensor into your mouth and take the images needed. It’s that simple! There is minimal wait time and X-rays taken are shown immediately on a nearby screen.

Benefits of Digital X-Rays

Digital X-rays are low dose radiation, completely safe, and serve as a necessary monitoring tool for our dentists.

A few of the benefits associated with digital X-rays include:

  • Patient radiation exposure is reduced by up to 90% compared to traditional X-rays.
  • Images taken are higher-quality and can be viewed instantly by our dentists.
  • No film processing required which eliminates any disposal of harmful waste products or chemicals.
  • No time needed for preparation.

Purpose of X-Rays

You might be thinking, “Do I really need to have X-rays done?” and the answer would be yes. X-rays are important when it comes to preventive care and can help to reveal issues not as easily detected during a routine exam.

Some abnormalities are hidden and X-rays work to uncover them for our dentists to see. Abscesses, bone loss, tumors, decay, and more can be found with the aid of digital X-rays.

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Detecting dental issues early on is key to long-lasting, good oral health. Using digital X-rays, our dentists in Grand Rapids and Grand Haven, MI, can catch and appropriately treat unwanted problems before they worsen. Schedule an appointment today by contacting us online or calling one of our MI Smiles Dental locations.