Digital X-Rays Professional

Michael Shakin, DDS

Dentist located in Staten Island, NY

Dental x-rays provide important information about the health of the teeth and the underlying bone that can’t be seen with a regular exam. Dr. Michael Shakin offers advanced digital x-rays to provide highly detailed images for accurate diagnosis and treatment of an array of oral health problems.

Digital X-Rays

Why are dental x-rays important?

Dental x-rays provide very important information about the health of the portions of the teeth located below the gums, including the tooth roots, as well as the health of the jaw bone that supports the teeth. X-rays can show problems like disease, decay and infections even before they cause noticeable symptoms, and they can be very helpful in managing treatment. Plus, they can show teeth that are impacted or causing similar problems that require oral surgery to correct. In children, dental x-rays can help uncover alignment and crowding issues before the adult teeth have emerged so preventive and proactive care can be provided to help prevent the need for prolonged orthodontic care. And they can also show the underlying anatomy of the jaw prior to dental implant placing, bone grafting and other procedures.

How often will I need to have dental x-rays?

The frequency of x-rays is based on several factors, including the patient’s oral health, their age, and their medical and dental health history. Patients with active problems like gum disease may require x-rays at every cleaning or checkup appointment during treatment to ensure disease doesn’t recur. Other patients may have x-rays only once every year or two.

What are digital x-rays?

Digital x-rays use state-of-the-art technology to produce highly-detailed images with far less radiation than traditional x-rays. In digital x-rays, images are transmitted directly to a computer so they can be viewed immediately, and special technology enables images to be enhanced for greater detail and better and more accurate diagnosis and treatment. Digital imaging uses up to 90% less radiation than regular x-rays, so patients can feel more confident and relaxed about getting important and necessary preventive care. Plus, because the images are produced by and stored on a computer, there’s no need for environmentally-harmful developing chemicals or other waste associated with “hard copies” and file storage. Storing images on computer also makes it easier to share images with orthodontists, endodontists and other specialists when needed.