Digital imaging is usually part of your annual dental exam. Digital X-rays may be provided for preventive care or to diagnose a specific dental problem. Our La Jolla, California, digital X-rays are designed to provide high-quality images of your teeth and supporting structures while also minimizing radiation exposure and giving you a safer experience in our office.

Benefits of digital X-rays

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Digital X-rays are one of several advanced diagnostic tools used at Dougherty Dental to provide you with high-tech dentistry and quality care. By using digital X-rays instead of traditional film radiography, our dentists can make your experience faster, more comfortable and more convenient. This type of X-ray uses digital sensors to capture images, which reduce radiation by up to 80 percent and do not require any chemicals for developing the pictures. Instead, the images can be viewed immediately on a monitor in the treatment room. This makes it possible for Dr. Dougherty and Dr. Szotko to provide efficient and accurate diagnoses and care.

How digital X-rays help

Digital radiography can quickly and easily diagnose a number of oral health and dental problems. These problems include:

  • Tooth decay, especially between the teeth
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Improper tooth root positioning
  • Cysts
  • Abscesses
  • Fractures in the teeth or in existing fillings
  • Tumors
  • Bone loss
  • Infection or other damage in the tooth nerves

Digital X-rays are also highly useful in treatment planning. Our dentists use X-rays to plan and perform a variety of procedures, including implant placement, root canal treatment, orthodontic treatment and several types of oral surgery.

Learn more about digital X-rays

To learn more about digital X-rays in the greater San Diego area and to make an appointment with Dr. Paul E. Dougherty or Dr. Scott O. Szotko, please contact us today at 858-454-2656. We look forward to being your partners in dental health!