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Digital Radiography


Dentist reviewing a digital xrayHere at Northstar Dental, we use the latest digital radiography technology to help ensure you get the best treatment possible. Digital Dental Radiography is a modern and efficient way to determine dental diseases. It replaces traditional methods to monitor dental diseases due to the benefits it comes with. We offer Digital Radiography with the latest equipment to assure your dental health.

What is Digital Radiography?


Digital Radiography is done by using modern digital x-ray sensors which have replaced old photographic x-ray films. Digital Radiography produces much better images of the patient’s teeth, gums, and other parts of the mouth, which helps to find the best treatment.

There are two main types of digital radiography: intraoral or extraoral.

Intraoral X-rays


We use intraoral x-ray film to monitor the patient’s teeth closely. A special electronic sensor is placed inside the patient’s mouth which records images to let our dentist know about any tooth disease that the patient may be suffering from. It can detect tooth decay, cavities and monitors the patient’s gums, teeth health, and bone health.

Intraoral x-rays are broken down into two further methods: Bitewing x-rays and periapical x-rays

Extraoral X-rays


We use extraoral x-ray film to monitor your jaw growth and development, in addition to that, it is efficient at detecting problems like impacted teeth and temporomandibular joints.

•  We offer extraoral x-rays with further methods including Panoramic x-rays, Multi-Slice Computed Tomography, Cephalometric Projections, and Cone Beam Computerized Tomography.
•  Panoramic x-rays are used to create a clear image of the patient’s teeth and the upper and the lower arch by using a machine that rotates around the patient’s head.
•  We use Multi-Slice Computed Tomography to monitor the patient’s mouth structures that can not be seen clearly by the naked eye. It focuses on a particular slice or part of the mouth.
•  Our orthodontists use Cephalometric Projections for aligning and straightening the patient’s teeth, It is basically used to evolve the treatment plans if the alignment is required.
•  We use Cone Beam Computerized Tomography to determine facial bone problems. It detects diseases like fractures and tumors. It displays a three-dimensional image of the patient’s mouth and face structure that is used to determine the problem.

Methods that we use for Digital Radiography


Our team uses digital radiography with three safe and painless methods. The methods include the direct method, indirect method, and semi-indirect method.

With the Direct method, we use a special electronic sensor which thoroughly takes images from inside the patient’s mouth. The Indirect method uses the traditional dental x-ray film and a digital scanner which scans the film into better digital images. We use both the electronic sensor and the scanner to convert the dental x-ray into clear digital images. This efficient procedure is called the semi-indirect method.

For more information on digital radiography and what it can do for you, reach us at Northstar Dental at (303) 481-3901. We will be delighted to answer any questions you might have on the technology, as well as any other questions you may have regarding dentistry in general.
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