Digital X-rays

Compassionate Endodontists New York/NYC

Endodontics located in New York, NY

Digital X-rays provide a precise image of your mouth and jaw, making diagnosing and treating oral problems more accurate and effective. At Compassionate Endodontics New York/NYC, Steven D. Kaplan, DMD, uses this advanced technology as part of the quality care provided by the practice. Call the office in the Midtown West area of New York City today or use the online tool to set up your appointment and take advantage of the benefits digital X-rays provide.

 

Digital X-rays Q & A

What are digital X-rays?

Digital X-rays are a safer and more convenient alternative to traditional X-rays. The images of the inside of your teeth, gums, and jawbone are available for evaluation almost immediately.

Digital X-rays provide a clear, high-resolution view of your teeth, jawbone, tooth roots, and tissue. Dr. Kaplan can easily show you the image on a computer screen and point out a dental problem so you can see and understand the issue as well as possible solutions.

What are the benefits of digital X-rays?

Digital X-rays reduce your exposure to radiation by 90%. There’s no need for chemicals for film development, and the films don’t need to be stored as a “hard” copy.

Dr. Kaplan can easily share your digital images with specialists, if necessary, and the images can be easily referenced over time. 

Why would I need digital X-rays?

Digital X-rays give Dr. Kaplan important information about your oral health. He may need a digital X-ray to:

  • Check the status of developing teeth
  • Monitor your tooth and bone health
  • Detect cavities
  • Find impacted teeth
  • Monitor your jaw growth and development

Digital X-rays can also identify possible problems that exist between your teeth, jaws, and other facial bones.

How are digital X-rays obtained?

When your technician takes digital X-rays, they may take them from the inside or the outside of your mouth. Compassionate Endodontics uses three methods to take digital images:

Direct method

With the direct method, an electronic sensor is placed in your mouth to record images.

Indirect method

Your technician uses an X-ray film scanner to view traditional dental X-rays as dental images.

Semi-indirect method

Your technician combines sensor and scanner technologies to convert X-rays into digital film.

What are the types of digital X-rays?

The type of digital X-ray you get depends on your oral health and what Dr. Kaplan is hoping to see.

Bitewing X-rays

With this type of X-ray, you bite down on film, and the image shows details of your upper and lower teeth in the area being X-rayed. Dr. Kaplan can see from the top of your tooth’s crown to the supporting bone.

He uses these X-rays to detect decay between your teeth and changes in bone density that may be due to gum disease. Bitewing X-rays also help Dr. Kaplan determine the fit of restorations, like dental crowns.

Periapical X-rays 

This type of X-ray shows the whole tooth from the crown to beyond the root tips to the supporting bone in one area of either your upper or lower jaw. Dr. Kaplan uses periapical X-rays to identify the bone structure or root structure irregularities. This X-ray helps him diagnose the extent of advanced gum disease, abscesses, and bone loss. 

To find out more about the digital X-rays available at the Midtown West office of Compassionate Endodontics New York/NYC, call the office today or use the online tool to schedule a consultation.