Digital X-Rays: Your Dental Detective

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·         Offers an in-depth look at the condition of your teeth & surrounding bones

·         Helps identify signs of decay, abscesses, cysts, gum disease, and bone loss

·         Enables our team to diagnose and treat issues before they become larger problems

·         A vital component in our care for your unique smile

·         Integral to a variety of dental procedures.

There’s a high level of detective work that goes into great dentistry, and one of the most important tools we have at our disposal at Lifetime Dental at Sevenoaks are digital x-rays. Acting as a dental P.I., they take what the eye can’t see and illuminate it, allowing our team to detect decay that lurks between teeth, under fillings and caps, and below the gumline. What’s more, they show us cysts, tumors, abscesses, bone levels loss caused by gum disease, and even early signs of cancer.


An integral part of dentistry for decades, x-rays enable us, your dentist in Abbotsford, to diagnose and intercept issues that our team would not be able to view inside, outside and between your teeth, and treat them as early as possible. Our mantra? It’s far easier and less costly to eradicate or treat dental disease early on than it is when an issue can lead to serious damage.

How does x-ray technology work?

This technology first arrived on the clinical scene in the 1980s, at which point most – if not all – dental practices relied on it to highlight the state of patients’ oral health. Today, digital x-rays are widely available in many practices, and offer the following benefits”

·         These x-rays emit low-level radiation (up to 90% less), which can be likened to the type received from the sun, certain types of food, along with the air we breathe. When you visit our office, you can rest assured that we will discuss the importance of this technology and why we rely on it to benefit your dental and overall health.

·         Because digital x-rays don’t require film processing, there’s…

o    zero environmental waste, which is wonderful because we prioritize caring for our planet!

o    results are immediate!

o    enlarging images is simple, which helps ensure that we provide the most accurate diagnosis

o    x-rays can easily be sent to your insurance company, which removes the need for paper copies, speeding up the process of claims submissions.

o    easily accessed in our files and can be sent to specialist dentists or consultants easily and quickly!

What types of digital x-rays are available?

Depending on your individual needs, one or more of these variations may benefit your smile:

1.       Bitewing –An x-ray that requires you to bite down on a special paper, it’s done on either side of your mouth and lets us know how well your teeth match up. It’s great for highlighting cavities located between teeth, and takes mere seconds to complete.

2.       Occlusal – Performed with your jaw closed, this variation lets us know how your upper and lower line up. It can also reveal abnormalities in the floor of the mouth, as well as the palate.

3.       Periapical – This x-ray focuses on two complete teeth, from the crown to the root.

4.       Full-Mouth: Using 18 films, this variation documents the inside of your mouth.

In summary, digital x-rays are a vital part of what we do to care for and treat your smile. By helping us find and diagnose dental issues in their early stages, we’re able to save you time, money, and larger interventions in the future.


Have questions about this technology? Get in touch with us today!