Digital X-Rays and X-Ray Filter

We use digital x-ray technology to get a better look at the condition of your teeth and detect cavities not visible to the naked eye. Digital x-rays significantly decrease exposure to radiation, and the large, color-enhanced computer image allows Dr. Snyder to get a better picture of a patient’s oral health than standard x-rays. This process is also better for the environment — it uses no photo-chemicals or traditional film. Plus, it can be easily stored and accessed electronically. We also use a molybdenum filter on our X-ray holder that absorbs radiation thus allowing only a very narrow beam to reach you, but still allowing us to see teeth and surrounding structures.

Besides using digital x-rays, we also reduce radiation exposure through the use of a special disk placed between the x-ray head and the patient. The high-tech disk is constructed of moybdenum — a metal known for absorbing radiation — to help decrease radiation dosage by another 30%.

We can also employ a remarkable system called DIAGNOdent. It uses harmless, laser light to scan teeth for hard-to-see weaknesses in the tooth structure — an indication that decay will form there.