About Digital Xrays and Images

Dental Digital X-Ray Systems:

Why are X-rays important?
Radiographs, commonly know as X-rays, are an important tool to help your dentist properly diagnose your oral health needs. They allow your dentist to see beyond what the naked eye can see. X-rays help the dentist determine if you have dental caries (cavities), periodontal (gum) disease, abscesses or abnormal growths, such as tumors or cysts.

Example of tooth decay

How often should X-rays be taken?
How often X-rays are taken and what types your dentist recommends is based on his or her responsibility to do a complete exam and to ensure that problems are detected early to minimize damage to your teeth and/or gums. It also depends on the condition of your mouth, the degree of problems present and what parts of your mouth your dentist needs to see.

Digital Xrays – Phosphor plates vs digital sensors

Our office uses phosphor plates instead of digital sensors. While digital sensors remain the leading digital dental x-ray systems on the market, many dentists have discovered that phosphor plates are more ideal for their practice. In short, they are easy to use and more comfortable for patients. Since the image-taking process is similar to film, many dentists find phosphor plates to be an easier transition into digital radiography than sensors. The plates are light and thin like film, plus they don’t require cables, connectors, equipment, or other complex attachments.

Examples of different 2D image angles and a 3D image

These pictures show the difference between a normal, “off angle” and 3D image. The image on the left is straight on, like your dentist would take. The second image is slightly behind or in front of the tooth giving us an alternate view of the tooth. This is the type of xray we would take in our office. Nothing was moved other than the camera angle, but see the differences? There seems to be some confusion when we ask to take another xray when you may have had one just taken at your dentist office. We hope this helps explain things.

We tend to be on the conservative side, so only if it is necessary or if your have a referral, will we take a conebeam (third image – 3D)



 "Off Angle"
“Off Angle”



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