Digital Xrays

The dental radiography technique that Dr. Baker and Dr. Cho-Polizzi uses is done with a digital imaging sensor. The images are taken with a sensor, and the images are sent to a computer.  No x-ray film is used, and no developing chemicals are needed.  The digital sensors use considerably less radiation than x-ray film, and the exposure is of short duration, and focused on a small area.The images are seen on the computer monitor in just a few seconds. The images can be enlarged, or enhanced to help with diagnostics and to help the doctor show you the area of a problem, and can be easily compared with previous x-rays. The images are stored in the computer, and can be e-mailed or printed for sending to a specialist or another dentist.

Our office takes your safety and concerns seriously. Without x-rays the doctor will not be able to see all decay, or monitor the health and level of the bone surrounding your teeth, and unable to form the best possible treatment plan for you.  We take each patient’s health condition, and radiation exposure levels into consideration.By using lead drapes, with thyroid shields, and using digital sensors to allow us to use less radiation we do our best to minimize your exposure.

During your first visit to our office you may need to have a full mouth set of x-rays taken. This provides Dr. Baker and Dr. Cho-Polizzi with a baseline of current conditions of your mouth. They allow the doctor to look for any cavities, and to see the health of the roots and surrounding bone, and to evaluate the condition of any existing restorations.  A full mouth set of x-rays is not taken very often, usually no more often than every five years, unless you develop a condition that needs closer monitoring.

Bite wing x-rays, or exam films, are taken every two years. Two digital x-rays  are taken on each side of the mouth,and show several teeth on each image. The crowns of the teeth are shown as well as surrounding bone just under the gums. This allows the doctor to look for decay in areas that are not visible when looking inside the mouth, such as between teeth, on root surfaces, or below the margins of existing fillings and crowns.

Periapical x-rays, or PA’s, show the whole tooth, including the root and surrounding bone. They allow the doctor to assess a specific tooth ,or area , for any abnormalities. These are usually taken when there is a toothache or specific problem in an area.