Digital Teeth X-Rays Aliso Viejo CA

xrayTo improve your care, South Coast Dentistry in Aliso Viejo has invested in a new way of looking into your mouth—a procedure that’s fast and incredibly precise – digital X-rays. Digital X-rays are computer-generated images. These images require up to 90% less radiation than conventional film X-rays. What’s even more amazing is that we immediately get an image that is large, clear, and accurate, right next to your chair…ready for discussion. The computer allows enlargement, highlighting, magnification, inverting, clear viewing, color-coding, and contrasting of X-ray photos for educational purposes.

These large, enhanced images let you see what Dr. Maleki sees, so it’s easier for you to understand how he will treat your teeth.
Further, we can store it on our computer files, thus saving paper. For insurance purposes, referrals or patient education, it can be accurately reproduced any number of times. This new technology adds further benefits for our patients. We can detect far smaller cavities better and sooner than ever before thanks to digital radiography. That means that we can correct cavities sooner through less invasive treatment before they seriously weaken the tooth. In summary, digital X-rays are faster and allow us to provide better quality care.

Different types of X-rays:

  • Bitewing: These show the crowns of several upper and lower teeth on one small film. This type of X-ray is especially useful for showing cavities between teeth and changes in bone caused by periodontal disease.
  • Periapical: This X-ray shows entire teeth, including all of the roots and surrounding tissues, on one small film. These X-rays show many kinds of disorders, including impacted teeth, fractures, abscesses, cysts, and tumors.
  • Full-Mouth Series: This is a complete set of bitewing and periapical X-rays that show all of the teeth, roots, and related areas of the jaws. This consists of 18 X-ray pictures that are taken. Full-mouth X-ray series are taken once every three to five years.
  • Panoramic: A panoramic view X-ray shows all the upper and lower teeth, large portions of the jaws and other structures in one large picture. It is often used to find teeth that haven’t erupted yet, cysts, fractures, retained root fragments, and other conditions of the jaw. It does not generally show enough detail to be useful for detection of decay and bone loss from periodontal disease.