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Digital X-Rays Information:

Our office Has recently updated our equipment to include digital x-rays. This technology will help our patients and the environment. We now will be able to use our computers to help take, store, and send digital x-rays without using film or chemicals.

An x-ray can show many problems with the teeth, tissues, and bone that we cannot see just by looking into your mouth. Finding and treating dental problems at an early stage can save time, money, and discomfort. It also helps prevent more serious health problems. An x-ray can show:

  • Small areas of decay between the teeth and below the fillings
  • Bone destruction from a tooth infection (such as an abscess) or a cyst
  • Bone loss due to periodontal (gum) disease
  • Developmental defects and some types of tumors
  • The effects of trauma
  • The position of unerupted teeth in children and adults

When the digital x-ray is taken, it is sent to a computer and can be seen right away. Because the images are stored on a computer, the dental office can print or copy digital x-rays easily.

With digital x-rays, a small sensor is placed in your mouth to capture the tooth image. As always, steps are taken to limit your exposure to any radiation from x-rays. Although digital x-rays involve much less radiation than film x-rays, we still have patients wear shielding as the x-ray is taken.

Our office hopes this technology will give you the most advanced, efficient, and convenient dental care available. If you have any questions, please contact our office at 865-524-1655 or [email protected]

Again, thank you for choosing us as your dental provider!


Dr. Marsha Hickey and Team