Modern Dental treatment room showing digital dental x-rays, and equipment

Digital Radiography (X-rays)

Vivant Dental offers digital radiography (X-rays). Digital technology not only employs less radiation than traditional x-rays, but also provides viewable images almost immediately.  No more waiting for films to develop!  Dr. Bellusci or Dr. Chow will be able assess the images and review findings with you right on the screen.

In addition to being quick, digital radiography allows images to be easily shared with other oral health care providers who may be involved in your care, such as orthodontists, oral surgeons and pediatric dentists.

What are the types of Dental X-ray images?

The types of radiographs that we take at Vivant Dental are bite-wing, periapical and panoramic radiographs:

Bitewings: Bitewing radiographs show the crown portions of both the upper and lower teeth. They are useful for checking for signs of dental cavities, defective fillings and crowns, and gum disease. 

Peripicals (or PAs): Periapical radiographs show the entire length of a few teeth. We use it to look at the roots of the teeth, and it’s surrounding bone. Sometimes, it can pick up signs of infection and disease.

Panoramic radiographs: Panoramic images capture all the teeth in the mouth in a single image, including teeth that haven’t come out yet. It’s may be used to track teeth development, look for cysts and tumors, and assess wisdom teeth. These don’t provide the same type of detail as bitewings and periapicals, so we usually rely on those other images to assess dental decay.

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