Online Dental Education Library
Our team of dental specialists and staff strive to improve the overall health of our patients by focusing on preventing, diagnosing and treating conditions associated with your teeth and gums. Please use our dental library to learn more about dental problems and treatments available. If you have questions or need to schedule an appointment, contact us.
Lightyear™ Digital X-ray System
Our practice is committed to bringing the safest and highest quality of care to our patients. The installation of our digital X-ray system continues that commitment. Using the state-of-the-art Lightyear system enables us to provide greatly improved diagnostic capabilities to our patients while significantly lessening their exposure to radiation by up to 80 percent over the old film X-rays. We know this will be very important to many patients.
While traditional film X-rays have been the standard for diagnosing dental problems for the past 90 years, digital X-rays offer substantial benefits over film. Our patients find that the x-ray process is more comfortable than film. Digital x-rays are also a real time-saver over the old technology.
Digital X-ray technology also enables our patients to see their dental condition for themselves. The digital X-ray image is instantly displayed on a large computer screen and can be enhanced and magnified to show conditions such as cavities or structural weaknesses in teeth. It's a wonderful tool for helping patients fully understand their treatment options.
A fracture line that is only visible with digital x-ray
The x-ray on the left is not digitally enhanced.The x-ray on the right is digitally enhanced. If you look closely inside the orange box you will see a crooked vertical line. This line represents a fractured tooth that is unrestorable and must be extracted. It is this type of detail and information that we are able to view with digital x-rays.