Digital X-Rays: Uncovering Hidden Dental Concerns


Digital X-rays help dentists see hidden areas in the mouth and allow us to offer patients an exceptional level of dental healthcare. By giving a good view of jawbone and tooth structures, they can help us detect problems early on, making them easier to treat.

What are digital X-rays?

With digital X-rays, dentists can take pictures of the internal structures in your jaw and mouth. Denser areas like bones and teeth show up as light colors in the image. Less dense areas such as gum tissue or cavities show up darker. This makes it easy for dentists to spot deep issues, sometimes long before they begin to bother you.

Conditions that X-rays can help diagnose include:
  • abscesses
  • cancerous or non-cancerous tumors
  • problems with dental development
  • problems under the gum or inside the tooth
  • periodontal disease
  • bone loss
  • decay between the teeth.

Traditional dental X-rays expose patients to a minimal dose of radiation to take these pictures. Digital radiography, or digital X-rays as they are also known, exposes patients to approximately 90% less radiation — making a safe procedure even safer. Furthermore, being able to catch problems and begin treatment earlier is invaluable to your dental health.

When do you need dental X-rays?

We’ll take digital dental X-rays as a regular part of your dental care routine. How often depends on a few factors, including your age, dental history, risk level, and any presenting signs or symptoms.

Think you need digital X-rays?

Don’t hesitate to book an appointment with your dentist here at Livonia Family Smiles. We’ll give you a complete dental exam, including X-rays, if we need to take a closer look at your teeth. This technology will help elevate your confidence in our diagnosis and treatment recommendations. We truly leave no stone unturned when it comes to your smile health needs!


Get your accurate diagnosis with digital x-rays

  • More accurate diagnosis
  • Reduced radiation exposure
  • Results are available almost instantly
  • Increased patient comfort
  • Less environmental impact