Digital Radiography


Digital x-rays at Amir Sanjabi, DDS

Good Teeth… Better Health!


At Amir Sanjabi, DDS, we use digital radiography for enhanced detection, diagnosis, and treatment of your dental and oral issues.

Digital radiography is a form of x-ray imaging that uses digital x-ray sensors in place of traditional photographic x-ray films. The technology creates high-definition images with less radiation.

Types of Digital Dental Radiographs


There are two types of digital dental radiographs: intraoral and extraoral.

Intraoral X-Rays


Intraoral are the most common types of x-rays that are taken of the mouth. These radiographs provide minute details about the condition of the mouth, including cavities, teeth development, and bone health. Some common types of intraoral x-rays include:
•  Bitewing x-rays, which are taken with the patient biting down on the film. The x-ray shows details of the upper and lower molars and bicuspids in one area of the mouth. Bitewing x-rays can help determine the extent of teeth decay, deterioration of bone density, the fitness of dental crowns and the condition of your tooth filling.
•  Periapical x-rays highlight one or two teeth in an image and show the tooth from the top of the crown to beyond the root tips, where it is anchored to the jaw. The radiograph helps determine abnormalities in the root and surrounding bone structure and is used in the treatment of advanced gum disease.
•  Occlusal x-rays, which track tooth development and placement in children. The imaging shows the full arch of either the upper or lower jaw.

Extraoral X-Rays


Extraoral x-rays are not as highly detailed as intraoral radiographs and cannot identify tooth problems. Instead, they check the development of the jaw, impacted teeth and detect problems between the teeth, jaw and other facial bones. Some common types of extraoral x-rays include:
•  Panoramic x-rays, which shows the entire mouth area in a single image. They are used to detect emerging or impacted teeth as well as detect cysts and tumor.
•  Multi-slice computed tomography shows a slice of the mouth while blurring out the other layers to show structures that are hidden by other structures in the mouth.
•  Cephalometric projections, show an x-ray image of the entire skull. Dentist use this technology for aligning your teeth and treating sleep apnea.
•  Sialography, an x-ray imaging of the salivary glands. Dentists inject a small amount of colored dye into the salivary gland, to detect disorders, obstructions, facial swellings, and neoplasms.
•  Cone beam computerized tomography (CBCT), which shows the entirety of the mouth in the form of a 3D image that shows facial bones, tissues, and nerves, to assess the mouth for a difficult tooth surgery or implants.

Advantages of Digital Radiography in Dentistry


Some of the benefits of digital radiography over traditional x-rays include:
•  Highly sensitive digital sensors that emit 50-80% less radiation.
•  Digital radiographs come with several features like 3D imaging, colorizing, enhancing, contrasting, and sharpness, which helps in easy detection of diseases and disorders which in turn helps out with effective early treatments.
•  Digital radiographs can be viewed and enhanced on a computer screen next to the operation chair.
•  Digital dental radiographs eliminate the need for chemical processing and disposal of hazardous materials, resulting in an eco-friendly option.

This technology is revolutionary for the early detection and treatment of dental and oral problems. To schedule a digital radiograph, please contact Amir Sanjabi, DDS at (562) 287-8016.
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