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Digital X-Rays – North Andover, MA

A New Way of Examining Your Mouth


If you’ve been to the dentist before, you’ve probably already had an X-ray taken of your mouth. This technology is well-known, but you may not have realized just how much it has changed over the years. Digital radiography lets us develop incredibly clear pictures of your mouth in little time, and we can display them on a large monitor that you can examine along with Dr. Beliveau. You’ll have a full view of the inner workings of your smile without ever leaving your chair. Digital X-rays are quite the upgrade from traditional radiography and have simplified the way that we take care of your teeth, allowing us to make better treatment decisions. It also gives us a way to show you the complete condition of your mouth so that you understand our recommendations.

Reduced Radiation, Radical Results

Woman receiving 3 D C T cone beam digital x-ray scans

X-rays have already been present in dental offices for a very long time to reveal decay and other issues that the naked eye couldn’t find. At first, the images had to be developed in a darkroom with toxic chemicals, and they could only be viewed on a special light board. Having physical pictures also meant that dentists needed to keep large filing systems. And of course, there was also the issue of radiation exposure.

Luckily, digital technology has allowed us to put many of the inconveniences of traditional radiography behind us. The amount of radiation required for digital X-rays is 90% less – an extremely small amount compared to what you would have been exposed to in the past. There is also little to no delay in generating the results; we can immediately display the image on our chairside monitor. Depending on our needs, we can rotate or magnify the image, improve the contrast, or highlight specific areas to help with our explanations. All digital X-rays will be secure and properly organized in our computer files; that way we can easily access them for you during future appointments or when they’re needed for insurance purposes or referrals.

There are many reasons why digital X-rays have largely replaced traditional ones. Not only are they safer for both our patients and the environment, but they’re also extremely convenient and help ensure that the images we rely on to plan your treatments are of the utmost quality.