Digital Imaging

Downtown Dental

General Dentists located in Downtown, Rapid City, SD

Thanks to digital imaging, it’s possible to identify potentially serious oral issues, like tooth decay, bone loss, or infection. At Downtown Dental, Michael Krump, DDS, and the team offer several types of onsite digital imaging, including 3D cone-beam, computed tomography (CBCT) and the DEXIS™ Titanium. To make an appointment in Rapid City, South Dakota, call the office or book online today.

Digital Imaging Q&A

What is digital imaging?

Digital imaging uses advanced technologies to capture high-quality photos of your tooth roots, jaw, and root canals. The team at Downtown Dental uses that information to diagnose underlying issues, guide surgery, or monitor the effects of treatment over time.

What are the types of digital imaging?

The team at Downtown Dental offers several types of digital imaging, including:

3D Cone-Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)

CBCT is a type of X-ray imaging that takes three-dimensional photos of your teeth, mouth, jaw, and neck. At Downtown Dental, the team uses CBCT to visualize damaged teeth, diagnose cavities, and plan dental implant placement.

The DEXIS™ Titanium

The DEXIS Titanium is a digital X-ray sensor that captures highly detailed images with very low doses of radiation. The imaging system was designed with technologies that safeguard image integrity, making it easy to diagnose oral issues with confidence.

What types of issues can digital imaging diagnose?

The team at Downtown Dental uses digital imaging to diagnose:

  • Tooth decay
  • Bone loss
  • Infection in your root canals
  • Abscesses
  • Cysts

You might also be a candidate for digital imaging if you’re considering dental implants. A series of scans can determine if you have enough healthy bone to support them.

Is digital imaging safe?

Digital imaging is safe and typically well-tolerated, but it does expose you to low levels of radiation. As a result, your Downtown Dental provider has you put on a lead apron before taking the X-rays. The apron covers your chest, abdomen, and pelvic area, protecting your vital organs.

If you’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant, make sure to let your provider know. Radiation can harm a growing fetus, so it’s important to speak up.

How do I prepare for digital imaging?

Digital imaging at Downtown Dental doesn’t require any preparation. That said, the team recommends you brush your teeth prior to your appointment. That ensures a hygienic environment and improved image quality.

When will I receive the results of my digital X-rays?

Digital imaging provides instant results, so you don’t have to wait for the photos to develop. After taking the X-rays, your provider reviews them to check for any abnormalities. Then, they develop a treatment plan based on their findings.

If you need digital imaging, make an appointment at Downtown Dental by calling the office or booking online today.