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Dental X-rays are a diagnostic tool used to help our dentist detect any decay, infection, or other issues that are not visible with the naked eye. During your regular dental exam, Dr. David A. Browne may decide to take dental X-rays. How often he takes X-rays is based on your oral health, age, signs and symptoms of oral disease, and risk for disease.

There are several different types of X-rays, including:

Intraoral X-Rays: The X-ray film is inside the mouth. This type of X-ray provides a lot of detail, thus allowing our dentist to detect cavities, monitor the status of developing teeth, check the health of the teeth and jawbone, and inspect the health of tooth roots.

Extraoral X-Rays: The X-ray film is outside the mouth. The main focus of these X-rays is the jaw and skull, but they show the teeth as well. Extraoral X-rays are used to detect impacted teeth, monitor the development of the jaws in relation to the teeth, and detect any potential problems with the temporomandibular joint.

Digital X-Rays: Modern technology allows dentists to use digital X-rays, or digital imaging. Instead of developing the X-ray film in a dark room, the images are sent directly to the computer, where they can be viewed, printed, and saved. Digital X-rays can be enhanced and enlarged so that our dentist can more easily spot any dental issues and show you where the problem is. Digital images can be sent electronically to a specialist, if needed.

We invite you to contact our office today to learn more about digital imaging in McHenry, Illinois, and to schedule your next visit.