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Digital X-Rays

Digital radiography (digital x-ray) is the latest technology used to take dental x-rays.  This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer.  This image can be instantly viewed and enlarged helping the dentist and dental hygienist detect problems easier.  Digital x-rays reduce radiation 80-90% compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays.

Dental x-rays are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam.  Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan.  Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.

Dental x-rays may reveal:

  • Abscesses or cysts.
  • Bone loss.
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
  • Decay between the teeth.
  • Developmental abnormalities.
  • Poor tooth and root positions.
  • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.

Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage may save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!

Are dental x-rays safe?

We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment.  Digital x-rays produce a significantly lower level of radiation compared to traditional dental x-rays.  Not only are digital x-rays better for the health and safety of the patient, they are faster and more comfortable to take, which reduces your time in the dental office.  Also, since the digital image is captured electronically, there is no need to develop the x-rays, thus eliminating the disposal of harmful waste and chemicals into the environment.

Even though digital x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered very safe, dentists still take necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation.  These precautions include only taking those x-rays that are necessary, and using lead apron shields to protect the body.

How often should dental x-rays be taken?

The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs.  Your dentist and dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based upon the review of your medical and dental history, a dental exam, signs and symptoms, your age, and risk of disease.

A full mouth series of dental x-rays is recommended for new patients.  A full series is usually good for three to five years.  Bite-wing x-rays (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together) are taken at recall (check-up) visits and are recommended once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.


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I have known Dr. Robert Java for approximately six years. He is a very professional dentist who really cares about his patients. He has restored my faith in dentistry. I have been to several other dentists in the past that I believe cost me my real teeth. I now have to wear upper and lower dentures. After an examination by Dr. Java, he said there was still suffcient bone structure to go with implants to help secure the lower denutre. It was the best thing I have ever done.

On July 12, 2007, I received implants that attach to the dentures. They didn't hurt at all. The implants made it possible for me to eliminate the need to ever use any denture adhesive again. I was so excited. I have eaten corn on the cob and bitten into apples without any slippage at all, something I haven't been able to do since 1991. I do not even know the implants are there. What a wonderful gift! The implants are also easy to take care of! I thank God for Dr. Java and the new lease on life he has given me.

If I had known of him years ago, I know I would probably still have my real teeth. However, he has made a bad situation so much better. I would recommend Dr. Java for implants and regular dental work. He is a honest, has excellent integrity, and sincerely cares about his patients.

Dr. Java's staff are also excellent and caring. They make you feel like family. They are the best! I believe they would not be there if they were not the best, because Dr. Java demands the best for his patients.

Sincerely, Ms. Grace Jack

I have nothing but good comments about services I receive every six months that I go in for a check-up and cleaning. My dental needs are always taken care of with excellence. Thank you Dr. Java and your team for excellent customer service and outstanding services.


I "met" the whole team mainly because I always stop and speak to all of you that I see. Having been a long time patient of the office, going back to Dr. Patch, I have known most of you long enough to see you grow from young adults to mothers. I feel very comfortable when I am in your care --almost as if I am a part of your little "family"--because you are warm, friendly, and laugh at my corny humor. I always speak highly of you all when someone asks me about recommending a Dentist. You are all a great group of professionals.


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