Imaging tools, like digital X-rays, make it easy to diagnose potentially serious oral health problems invisible to the eye, including deep decay and bone loss. At DentAlign NYC: Kenn Kakosian DDS PhD, in Midtown East, Manhattan, experienced dentist Kenn Kakosian, DDS, PhD, offers digital X-rays on-site using cutting-edge equipment from Planmeca. To make an appointment at the New York City practice, call the office or click the online booking feature today.
A digital X-ray is a type of diagnostic imaging. It uses a combination of digital sensors and low-level radiation to capture photos of your tooth roots, alveolar bone, and jaw.
At DentAlign NYC, Dr. Kakosian uses digital X-rays to identify underlying oral health problems like cavities, impacted wisdom teeth, and bone loss. He might also order digital X-rays to guide certain types of treatment, like the placement of dental implants or extractions.
All of the diagnostic imaging equipment at DentAlign NYC is manufactured by Finnish company Planmeca, an international leader in imaging devices and software solutions.
At DentAlign NYC, Dr. Kakosian recommends that all people receive digital X-rays at least once a year. You might need more frequent X-rays if you’re older, you have an underlying oral health problem, or you have a history of tooth decay or gum disease.
Receiving digital X-rays on a routine basis is one of the easiest and most effective ways to catch potentially serious oral health problems early on.
At DentAlign NYC, Dr. Kakosian offers several types of digital X-rays, including:
During a bitewing X-ray, you’re asked to bite down on a special piece of plastic. This type of X-ray allows Dr. Kakosian to see if the crowns of your teeth line up. It’s a quick and effective way to diagnose cavities between the teeth.
During an occlusal X-ray, Dr. Kakosian takes photos of your upper or lower jaw. This type of X-ray assesses your bite and can detect impacted teeth.
A panoramic X-ray takes a photo of your entire mouth. Dr. Kakosian uses panoramic X-rays to guide certain types of treatment, like extractions and the placement of dental implants.
A periapical X-ray takes a detailed photo of a single tooth, from the root all the way to the crown. This type of X-ray can detect pulp damage, gum disease, or deep decay.
Digital X-rays are safe and usually well-tolerated. What’s more, they use much less radiation than traditional X-rays. To ensure your safety, you wear a lead apron throughout the entire process.
Digital X-rays provide images instantly, so you’ll know if there are any potential issues right away. After taking a moment to review the results of your X-rays, Dr. Kakosian displays them in the exam room, explains what they mean, and makes an official diagnosis.
To learn more about the benefits of digital X-rays, make an appointment at DentAlign NYC: Kenn Kakosian DDS PhD by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.