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Digital X-Ray Specialist

Oscar A. Luna, DDS -  - Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry

Culmore Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics

Oscar A. Luna, DDS

Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry located in Falls Church, VA

A digital X-ray gives your dentist vital information about your child’s oral health without exposing them to as much harmful radiation as traditional X-rays. Oscar Luna, DDS, is proud to offer digital X-rays at Culmore Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics in Falls Church, Virginia. X-rays allow Dr. Luna to identify dental concerns that he can’t see with a visual examination alone. To schedule an appointment, call Culmore Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics or book a visit online today.

Digital X-Ray

What is a digital X-ray?

While traditional X-rays rely on film to capture images, digital X-rays, or digital radiography, use electronic sensors to process these images faster. Dr. Luna can then store these digital X-ray images on a computer.

How do digital X-rays work?

Digital X-rays are quicker, safer, and more detailed than traditional X-rays. During a traditional X-rays, your dentist or hygienist places a small piece of plastic in your child’s mouth and asks them to bite down before they start taking the X-ray.

To capture every aspect of your child’s mouth, the team has to move the plastic piece several times while taking single images. Not only is this time-consuming, but it also exposes your child to unnecessary radiation.

With digital X-rays, Dr. Luna or a member of his team places an electronic sensor in your child’s mouth, which quickly captures a variety of detailed images, exposing them to less radiation than traditional X-rays.

Because he stores these images in his computer, Dr. Luna can magnify problem areas and adjust the brightness and contrast to better spot even the smallest amounts of tooth decay.

What are the benefits of digital X-rays?

Digital X-rays reduce your child’s exposure to radiation by up to 90% while producing highly detailed images that allow Dr. Luna to diagnose dental concerns, including:

  • Cavities (tooth decay)
  • Bone loss
  • Tooth abscesses
  • Gum cysts
  • Tumors
  • Poor tooth position
  • Gum disease

Identifying these problems early saves you the pain, discomfort, and cost of extensive dental work in the future.

A digital X-ray also provides a safety net in case of an emergency. In the event of a fire or natural disaster, your child’s digital X-rays are stored on the office computer, as well as in a backup storage system. He can email, copy, and print these images if necessary.

How often will my child need a digital X-ray?

While Dr. Luna recommends scheduling dental exams for your child once every six months, they may not need a digital X-rays at every visit.

How often they need X-rays depends on your child’s age, health history, and oral health. Your child may need additional X-rays if they’re preparing for orthodontic treatment, such as braces.

Digital X-rays are a safe, effective alternative to traditional X-rays. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Luna, call Culmore Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics or book a visit online today.