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Digital X-Rays

Digital X-Rays in Middletown, NY

When someone visits the dentist for a regularly scheduled checkup, X-rays are frequently part of the exam. These X-rays are very helpful to the dentist because they provide visual details to the health of the patient’s teeth and gums. At Cornerstone Dental, located in Middletown, NY, the practice of taking both traditional and digital X-rays is carried out through high-grade technological equipment. (What is the difference between “traditional” and “digital” X-rays?)

What’s the Difference Between Traditional X-Rays and Digital X-Rays?

As with traditional X-rays, digital X-rays capture images which display the structures below the skin and gums. In the past, traditional X-rays developed the images onto film. Thanks to modern technology, digital X-rays are immediately saved and stored on a computer from where they can be viewed.

Advantages of Digital X-Rays

While both types are reliable, there are some distinct advantages that digital X-rays have over traditional X-rays. To begin with, a noticeably lower amount of radiation is emitted in the process. It should be noted that traditional X-rays do not produce a lot of radiation and the process is safe. Digital X-rays, however, emit even less radiation, thus giving a sense of safety and peace of mind to patients who may be leery about this part of the dental exam.

The images from digital X-rays are also easier to store and view. Taking this one step further, digital X-rays can be conveniently magnified to give the staff of Cornerstone Dental a truly clear and close view to see if there are any potential problems in a patient’s mouth. And lastly, digital X-rays are environmentally friendly, as film or chemicals are not needed to develop the images.

How are Digital X-Rays Used?

The dentist inspects X-rays that have been taken to make sure that everything is in order and that nothing has been overlooked. The digital X-rays supplement a physical exam where the dentist visually checks the teeth and mouth while wearing gloves to find potential issues that might be beneath the gums.

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Digital X-rays can aid in searching for:

  • Abscesses
  • Cysts
  • Tumors
  • Cavities that may not be visible to the naked eye
  • Tooth and root positions that may be infected or damaged

As with everything related to the body, it’s best that potential problems are detected sooner than later so that they may be treated before becoming worse. If specialized treatment is necessary, the images captured by digital X-rays may be shared with another dentist quickly and efficiently.

Usually, X-rays are taken once every year, and they serve as great tools for the staff at Cornerstone Dental in the care and maintenance of each patient’s teeth.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment at Cornerstone Dental, located in Middletown, NY, call 845-342-4668.