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Santana Park Dental Care

Dental Imaging

We do believe the judicious use of dental x-rays is in our patients' best interests. And you deserve to know why.
X-rays aren't just another part of our office routine. We rely, first and foremost, on a clinical examination-that is, we look inside your mouth. Then we ask ourselves, what information do we expect to find with X-rays that will benefit this patient? If there is no good answer, we won't recommend X-rays.

X-Rays: What you Should Know

  • New X-ray equipment reduces the size of the beam, and eliminates "scatter"-photons bouncing around the room.

  • Fast film requires much less exposure time.

  • Lead aprons are almost 100% effective against exposing other parts of your body to radiation.

  • We monitor our equipment faithfully to keep timers precise, everything up to snuff.

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We work with X-rays every day-they are our "eyes." There would be a very different kind of dentistry without them.
Feel free to ask us why you need an X-ray. Don't insist on it just because "it's time." Let us know when you are having X-rays for medical reasons. If you move, or we refer you to a specialist, ask for your X-rays to be sent to your new doctor.

Dental X-Rays

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For close to a century, dentists have used x-rays to detect cavities and damage invisible to the eye. We've long been aware of the drawbacks. Though x-ray radiation is slight, many patients find it a cause for concern. And reading the negative requires a skilled, professional eye-which means my patients can't see what I see.
That's why my office uses a Computed Dental Radiography System as an x-ray alternative. A computer enhances a "photo" of your teeth and shows it instantly on a screen. This new system requires 90% less radiation than the old film x-rays, and can magnify the image up to 300 times. It's as easy to read as a snapshot. When I discuss something I see in your mouth, you'll be able to view it right along with me.
This is an exciting time to be a dentist. We're re-thinking and refining virtually every aspect of our dental practice, and I wanted to pass a bit of it along to you.