What Are Digital x-rays?
Digital x-rays, also known as digital radiographs, are captured during your dental exam to provide a more thorough picture of your overall oral health. Our digital x-rays allow our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Kevin Boulard, to diagnose problems that aren't visible by the naked eye. There are many dental and oral concerns that can be seen on digital images such as tooth decay, cavities, cysts, abscesses, tooth impactions, and bone loss. When these issues are found early, you can be treated more efficiently. Plus, you may have more treatment options. During your annual dental exam at Something To Smile About, digital x-rays are taken to help Dr. Boulard accurately diagnose and make recommendations as to how to make your oral health better.
What Are The Benefits Of Digital X-rays?
Digital x-rays in Merrimack, NH at Something To Smile About offer several great benefits over traditional x-rays to diagnose dental issues, including:
- It’s quicker, easier, and more comfortable
- Uses up to 80% less radiation than traditional x-rays
- Allows x-rays to be stored and transferred digitally
- Creates higher resolution images
- Supports better diagnostic accuracy
- Images are ready to view faster
- It’s safer for the environment
"I was fortunate enough to have had Dr Boulard help me after an accident that knocked out my front teeth. Because of the extensive damage, I scheduled a consultation with Dr Boulard expecting reconstructive surgery, and it took no more than 2 hours for him to draw up a plan and I left the office that day relieved of pain (still no teeth). After many months of work, Dr Boulard proved his skills and expertise repairing my teeth making them look better than they did before and function as well. As someone who hates going to the dentist, he made sure I was comfortable throughout each procedure. Dr Boulard has an amazing team at his side. He details as a perfectionist would, but also makes the comfort of his patients his number one priority. He was extremely accommodative with scheduling and working with my insurance."- N.A. / Google / Oct 20, 2022
"Just a shout out to Something to Smile About on dw! Dr Kevin and his staff are so friendly and reliable. I had work done recently and it was one of the easiest pain less experience I've ever had at the dentist. He's very thorough with everything he's does. Recommend 10 out of 10 if youre looking for a new dentist 🦷"- N.K. / Facebook / Apr 06, 2022
"As someone that loathes going to the dentist and having major anxiety about it I got lucky to have found Dr. Boulard and his amazing staff. From the very onset they treat you with the utmost respect and class. By the time you leave your first appointment you realize you made the right choice as they treat you like family. After the first conversation with Liz making the appointment I knew this was possibly the right place. And it was cemented the second you walk through the door and you're greeted by Liz her radiant smile and the feeling that you belong there. Easiest five star rating I've given. If there was an option for ten or fifteen stars they'd earn them all!! If you're on the fence hop over and give something to smile about a call."- B. / Google / Jan 19, 2022
"After delaying dental care for over a year, I found Dr. Boulard and have had two visits with his practice. I could not be more pleased! The staff is friendly and competent and showed deep concern for my needs and well being. After experiencing the intolerance and contempt the medical community at large has for those who cannot safely wear a face mask, I am overjoyed at the treatment and respect I received here. After my dental surgery, I got a follow-up call from Dr. Boulard himself, which I thought was so nice and caring. These folks stand head and shoulders above the rest and I am so grateful to have found them!"- L.P. / Office Visit / Jun 10, 2021
"I’ve been a patient with Dr. Boulard for 14 years. I wouldn’t trust anyone else with my teeth! Always makes me feel comfortable and never a painful experience. I love the fact that they have high tech scanners so I never gag, no more gunky impressions. and they have up to date technology, with the option of also getting Invisalign. The rest of the staff is lovely and the office manager, Olga, is amazing! They are so efficient and well mannered. I highly recommend!"- D.S. / Google / May 24, 2021
Who needs a digital x-ray?
In most cases, every patient has a set of digital x-rays taken as part of an annual dental exam. Digital x-rays can be administered for prevention or when you are concerned about a specific dental problem. Even though digital x-rays emit less radiation compared to traditional film x-rays, Something To Smile About prefers to limit each patient's exposure. While they are typically safe for any patient, female patients who are breastfeeding or pregnant should tell Dr. Boulard at the start of the exam so that extra cautionary steps can be taken.
How Dr. BOulard takes x-rays
Typically performed at the start of a dental cleaning or exam, digital x-rays take around 5 – 10 minutes to capture. Most patients will get a series of x-rays taken for Dr. Boulard to look over and determine dental needs that need to be addressed. Once your digital x-rays are taken, they will be uploaded and can be viewed by you and Dr. Boulard throughout your exam. He will be able to assess any areas of concern and go over treatment options.
After Your x-rays
A set of x-rays will generally be performed annually at your dental examination. At some visits, a whole mouth set may be needed for a complete view of the teeth, gums, and jaw. Your digital images will be saved with your file at Something To Smile About so Dr. Boulard can view trends and chart any growing concerns.
Digital X-Ray FAQ
What is the difference between digital x-rays and traditional x-rays?
Compared to traditional x-rays, digital dentistry produces roughly 80% less radiation. This makes it an incredibly safe way for our staff to get a better look at exactly what's going on with your teeth and gums. Patients can put their nerves to bed knowing these x-rays are entirely harmless and provide a great benefit to their oral health.
What are the advantages of digital x-rays?
There are several advantages when it comes to digital x-rays. First of all, they are much faster to process than other alternatives in addition to offering better image quality. Additionally, they require fewer resources, such as film and chemicals, to develop. Lastly, it avoids problems with exposure, drastically reducing the need for retakes of your x-rays.
How does digital dentistry work?
Our team will place digital scanners in your mouth, which can make a three-dimensional image of your mouth. This allows us to have a high-definition reference of your teeth when creating crowns, veneers, onlays, inlays, dentures, and other dental applications.
Let's check out your teeth & More with x-rays
Digital x-rays are a useful technology that can help to diagnose developing oral health problems. As part of a regular dental exam, they are able to give Dr. Boulard a unique understanding of what is going on inside your mouth, which allows him to see hidden issues. We want to address those dental needs at Something To Smile About before they become a painful dental crisis. For improved dental health, contact our team in Merrimack, NH to schedule your next dental exam with digital x-rays.