About Dental Radiographs
Dental radiographs, typically known as dental x-rays, are an essential diagnostic tool. Without x-rays, our dental exams would be incomplete and problem areas may go undetected. Our practice understands your concerns over radiation exposure and that is why all of our offices feature digital x-rays. This allows for 90% less radiation and a clearer picture than the old films.
Dental x-rays may reveal:
- Infections and dental abscesses
- Bone loss
- Cancerous and noncancerous tumors
- Decay between the teeth (Interproximal decay)
- Developmental abnormalities
- TMJ (Tempromandibular Joint) disease
- Pathology in the neck and sinuses
- Eruption patterns
- Position of wisdom teeth
- Root abnormalities
Our dentists will determine the minimum number of x-rays required to thoroughly examine your dental health. We guarantee, as dental professionals, that the radiographs we require are being taken with your best interest in mind. Once a comprehensive radiographic review has been completed at your initial exam, recall patients will be asked to periodically update these radiographs. The timing for these is determined by the individual patient’s medical/dental health, dental exam, level of home care, signs/symptoms, and cavity pattern. Typically, new bitewing pictures (the x-rays that display decay between the teeth) are taken between 6 – 24 months, while new panoramic radiographs (the x-ray that displays the entire picture of the jaws, teeth, sinuses, and joints) will be taken between 3-5 years. By utilizing digital x-rays, images can be displayed on a computer monitor instead of a tiny piece of film, allowing zooming and enhancement for better diagnosis. Additionally, all of our treatment rooms are equipped with flat-panel high-definition televisions which allow the patient to visualize the picture helping to understand your dental condition. Through a clearer understanding of your dental condition, often apprehension about the procedure is reduced.
Dental X-rays Reviews
"the hygienist took enough time to do an excellent cleaning. I appreciate the quality of care given at this office."- M.P. / Google / Mar 28, 2022
"After working two nights in a row, I closed the dishwasher only to find it had reopened in time for me to trip over it...thus several upper front teeth took the brunt of my fall onto a metal chair. I felt the teeth move inwords 1/4" and suddenly a river of blood spurted everwhere, my German Shepherd assisted in extraneous cleanup. After scott towels and ice were applied to site, I procured a neighbor to head to urgent care. My upper lip was sutured, a CT scan was fortunately negative for fracture, but the inside bled for days after. I decided to call Dr. Dodd while at the ER on that Sunday afternoon, I was still in horrific pain, with CT scan and my son driving me...we arrived within the hour at his office. Competant Courtney, his assistant met me at the door and proceeded to perform panoramic scans and xrays. Dr. Dodd, had given up his day off to place coronal splints upon several front teeth, to hold them in place so healing could ensue. He immediatey put me at ease with his entertaining stories, kindness and extreme competance. Six days after I returned to him, my sutures had been removed by my MD and although my lip was swollen still like Barbie, I no longer appeared as Charlie Chaplin. He extracted my splints to reveal my teeth perfectly fitting into my former retainer. A perfect fit with a perfect smile!!! I cannot thank him enough for his swift responce to resolve positively a potential disaster. Kudos to Dr Dodd, and Courtney!!!"- A.K. / Google / Mar 28, 2022
"I had my teeth cleaned today by Linda, the dental hygienist here. She was absolutely wonderful. She was very professional and compassionate as well. She was very thorough and explained everything as she worked with me. My last hygienist I had there did half of what Linda did and I didn't realize how much less of an effort the other hygienist put in cleaning my teeth, until Linda cleaned them. I would highly recommend Linda for your dental hygienist when you need your teeth cleaned at Clifton Park Family Dentistry."- J.S. / Google / Apr 20, 2022
"Great experience! Very friendly staff! Heather is a wonderful hygienist."- L.M. / Google / Apr 11, 2022
"Hello. I had an appointment at your office yesterday at 2. It had been many years since I had seen a dentist and I was more than a bit nervous. The Hygienist Jamie made me feel very comfortable and at ease. She was very thorough and made sure to explain everything thoroughly. She was awesome and very easy going. Thank you to both the Office and to Jamie!"- B.B. / Google / Apr 19, 2022
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