Valley Dental Turlock | Dentist in Turlock, CA

X-Rays And Intraoral Cameras

General Dentistry/ X-Rays

A Clear Vision of Your Dental Health

Digital X-Rays

Using the most advanced dental technology is just as important as staying up to date on the latest treatment techniques. Because our practice is dedicated to providing you with the safest and most convenient treatment options available, we utilize advanced digital X-ray technology in our office.

Digital X-rays provide several advanced imaging options designed to save time, provide clearer dental photos, and expose patients to less radiation than traditional X-ray technology.

Our practice is focused on making your dental experience as comfortable as possible. At your next appointment, we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

What Are the Benefits of Digital vs Film X-Rays?

Digital x-rays have a benefit of lower ration levels. Traditional x-rays already had low radiation exposure but going digital further lowered exposure by up to 90%. The use of an electronic sensor instead of x-ray film to capture the image allows us to instantly see the results so we can either retake a blurry image or move on to your oral exam without having to wait for development. Having the images be digital instead of film also allows your dentist and hygienist to enlarge the image for a better view.

Why Do I Need X-Rays?

Digital x-rays are a diagnostic tool that are necessary for dentists to see what is going on below the surface. Without these images, some issues may go undetected such as:

  • Abscesses or cysts. 
  • Bone loss.
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
  • Decay between the teeth.
  • Developmental abnormalities.
  • Poor tooth and root positions.
  • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.

Detecting these issues as soon as possible could save you money, pain, time, and maybe even your life in extreme cases.

Are dental x-rays safe?

We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment every single day. Digital X-rays produce less radiation than their film counterparts as well as less disposable waste. Every year your body is exposed to 3.1 millisieverts (mSv) of natural radiation. The radiation you receive from dental x-rays is about 0.005 mSv.
Even with this low level of radiation, we take extra precautions to limit your exposure further. We only take x-rays that are necessary and use lead apron shields.

How often should you get dental x-rays?

The need for dental x-rays is individual to each patient’s needs. Your dentist will determine your need depending on your medical history, symptoms, and risk.
For new patients we usually recommend a full series of dental x-rays, followed by necessary x-rays at your cleanings once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.
Even with this low level of radiation, we take extra precautions to limit your exposure further. We only take x-rays that are necessary and use lead apron shields.


Intraoral Camera

You know the importance of prevention when it comes to your dental health, and we’re always looking for new, improved ways to help you achieve a healthy smile for life. While X-rays provide valuable information, they don’t give a complete view of everything going on inside your mouth.

With an intraoral camera, we can see every aspect of your teeth and mouth with incredible detail, uncovering cracked teeth, plaque deposits, cavities next to fillings, and excessive wear. When we can discover oral problems early on, your treatment is much less invasive and much more cost-effective.

Our intraoral camera is small, about the size of the mirror we use during your regular hygiene appointments. You probably wouldn’t even notice we’re using it, except that with the intraoral camera, you have the opportunity to see everything we see on a monitor. This is a great tool to help you become more informed about your dental health, because it gives you a clear understanding of your teeth’s condition, and it allows you to make a more informed decision regarding your treatment options.

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