Technology

Safe, convenient tools to promote optimal oral health

At Novato Family Dental Care, we use digital imaging technology to diagnose any problems that might be present, so that we may treat them as soon as possible.

Unlike traditional X-rays that need processing in a darkroom, digital imaging sends high quality, low radiation X-ray images directly to a computer and can be viewed almost immediately on screen, stored, or printed out.

This modern, current technology not only efficiently diagnoses dental problems, but serves as a great educational tool to our patients as well.

There are many benefits to using digital imaging:

  • They are the safest form of X-ray technology available, with minimal radiation and far less than typical X-rays
  • No wait time for the X-rays to develop – images are available on screen a few seconds after being taken
  • Digital images can be enhanced and enlarged many times on the computer screen, making it easier to show you where and what the problem is
  • If necessary, images can be electronically sent to another dentist or specialist – for a second opinion, or to determine if a specialist is needed, or to a new dentist if you are moving away

We recommend new patients have a full set of digital X-rays done, then annually, either partials or a full set on an as-needed basis. Current X-rays help us note any changes or developments that might adversely affect your teeth, gums, or general health—and to ensure we address those issues together to go treatment that may be needed.