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Maria Hoekstra, D.D.S., F.A.G.D.
Jacqueline Anderson, D.D.S.
Thomas E. Anderson, D.D.S.

616-399-9520

Our Office Hours are:

Monday: 8am-5pm
Tuesday: 8am-5pm
Wednesday: 8am-5pm
Thursday: 8am-5pm
Friday: 7am-1pm

Digital X-Rays

Digital dental x-rays are digital images taken of the teeth and jaw that provide a much clearer picture of your mouth than their film predecessors, giving us a greater ability to assess any tooth and/or bone problems. Digital x-rays of the mouth have come to replace older film x-rays in modern dentist offices. These cutting-edge dental x-rays put out 80% less radiation than older x-ray machines. You can enjoy this cutting-edge dental technology when you schedule an appointment at Shoreline Dental, as our office is committed to offering the latest technologies to our patients.

The Digital X-Ray Process

The process for obtaining digital x-rays of your mouth is quite simple. Your dentist or one of their assistants or hygienists will place a small bite-positioning tool in your mouth and then carefully position your head in front of the x-ray machine. Each x-ray takes only the time it takes to push a button. Unlike film x-rays, your images will be ready in a matter of seconds without any need for chemical film development.

A full series of x-rays (FMX) is something we take on our new patients and then about every 5-7 years there after. This consists of 18 x-rays that show the whole tooth and bone support.  Bitewing x-rays (BWX) are taken every 12-24 months to routinely screen for dental problems.  We take radiation exposure seriously, and only take the necessary x-rays needed to properly diagnose our patients. 

Benefits of Digital X-Ray

Digital x-ray is an important part of any routine dental exam and helps your dentist accurately discover and assess tooth decay; tooth abscesses, tumors, or cysts; impacted teeth; root canals; and the state of dental fillings, crowns, or bridges. Additionally, dental digital x-rays can be used to pinpoint any foreign bodies in the teeth, to assess bone loss from periodontal gum disease or osteoporosis, and to locate any tartar buildup.

The greatly decreased level of radiation put out by digital x-rays verse older film x-rays makes them a much safer option for patients – safe enough for pregnant women. An added benefit for busy individuals is the speed in which digital x-rays can be viewed helps shorten the length of your appointment so you can carry on with your day. Digital x-rays will also save you time if you ever switch dentists or are referred to a specialist, as digital images of your teeth are much more easily stored and shared.