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Dr. Alan J. White and our team in Staunton, Virginia, are here to help you with all of your oral care needs. We use digital radiography, or digital X-rays, to see what is happening in your mouth. The goal is to discover issues before they become serious and while treatment options are least invasive.

We take dental X-rays for the following reasons:

  • To check for decay between your pearly whites.
  • To check for bone loss due to periodontal disease.
  • To check for decay beneath your tooth fillings.
  • To see if there is an infection at the tip of the tooth root near the bone.
  • To see the full picture of your mouth before performing a dental treatment.

Typical intraoral X-rays include bite-wing, periapical, and occlusal X-rays. Bite-wing X-rays reveal the tooth from the crown to the level of the bone. Periapical X-rays show the entire tooth, from the crown to the end of the root area where your teeth sit in the jaw. Occlusal X-rays show the full tooth development and where it sits, so the entire arch of the teeth in the upper and lower jaw are visible.

With digital radiography, the process is faster, more comfortable, and more convenient than ever before. Our digital X-rays use a digital sensor to take images of your teeth, unlike traditional X-rays which use film. In addition, digital X-rays use much less radiation than conventional film X-rays, and they require the use of no chemicals for developing the images.

Do you have concerns about your oral health? If so, or if you need to see our dentist, please call us today at 540-886-1979. Dr. Alan J. White and our team in Staunton, Virginia wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving!