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Digital X-rays: Why Patients and Dentists Love Them

General Dentistry

Our Kelowna dental clinic is proud to offer the latest dental technology to give you faster and more comfortable treatments. Digital x-rays are a prime example of how we can serve you better with the most up-to-date services.

Traditional dental x-rays used film so dentists could see inside your mouth. But the process took a while, it was expensive, and it really only showed us the shape of your teeth and bones. Plus, even though the radiation exposure was safe and limited, more and more patients were concerned about their exposure to radiation in traditional dental x-rays.

And then digital x-rays came along. They’re quicker, more accurate and minimize your exposure to radiation. That’s why our Kelowna dentists love them so much.

How Digital X-Rays Work

Instead of using film to take a photo of your jaw and teeth, digital x-rays use sensors to take an electronic image of your mouth that we can view on a computer screen, much like your own digital camera.

In addition to time savings and the film-free environmental benefits, digital x-rays provide greater clarity and a much larger image size so we can see a complete picture of the health of your mouth, not just the shape of your teeth. In fact, we use a 24-inch high definition screen to look at your x-ray with you.

Why Digital X-Rays Are So Much Better

  • Faster results and shorter appointments. Now that we don’t have to wait for film to develop, we can look at your x-rays in seconds.
  • A more comfortable procedure. Patients say they prefer this approach much more.
  • Preventative opportunities. With digital x-rays, our Kelowna dentists can detect decay much earlier, long before you’d even need a filling. Plus, it’s easier for you to see your mouth’s health and how you can be a part of treatment.
  • Reduced exposure to radiation. If you’re a new patient at Okanagan Smiles, when we take a full mouth series of x-rays, you would be exposed to .15 mSv of ionizing radiation. To put that in perspective, it’s about as much radiation as you would be exposed to in an afternoon at the beach, or a flight from Toronto to Vancouver.

We also use a laser tool called Diagnodent to spot decay in teeth that otherwise look healthy.

Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!

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