Benefits of Digital X-Rays

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Willow Smiles Dentistry is proud to use digital dental X-rays to keep our appointments safe, effective, and efficient. Digital X-rays emit up to 80% less radiation than traditional X-rays. They create sharp, clear images that are available to examine within seconds. These images can be enhanced and still be highly detailed. Plus, they can also be saved to a patient’s file for later use. We are happy to invest in the most up-to-date dental technology to keep our care top-notch!


Detecting Hidden Tooth Decay

Sometimes, tooth decay can be spotted right away by our team. In other cases, decay is developing inside the tooth and invisible to the naked eye. X-rays can be especially helpful for diagnosing cavities that develop in between teeth. They can identify caries when they are still small. This means that we are able to remove a smaller portion of the tooth and create a smaller dental filling. It can also reduce the odds that the patient will need a more invasive restorative treatment, like a root canal procedure and dental crown placement.


Diagnosing Additional Dental Issues

In addition to diagnosing cavities, X-rays are also helpful for identifying dental trauma, dental abscesses, extra teeth, impacted teeth, missing teeth, infections, cysts, and tumors. If you have not had your wisdom teeth removed, we can examine them using dental X-rays. This is an effective way to let you know when they should be extracted or if they do not need to be extracted. By getting clearer pictures of the inside of the teeth and jaws, we can diagnose and treat dental issues much faster and more accurately.


Planning Restorative & Orthodontic Treatments

Before a dental implant is placed or clear aligners are created to correct a patient’s crooked smile, there is a lot of work that goes into designing their custom treatment plans. X-rays are an essential part of planning these treatments. Our team uses 3D X-rays to determine if a patient has enough jawbone tissue for a dental implant to be placed. X-rays are also used in combination with our orthodontic software to plan the precise movements of each tooth.


The Latest in Dental Technology in Puyallup, WA

Your oral health and safety are top priorities for Willow Smiles Dentistry. We invest in dental technology that will make your experience in our office as safe and pleasant as possible. We have a broad range of services to take care of your family’s dental needs. Give us a call to set up an appointment, or click the contact link below.


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