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About Smiles

Family and Cosmetic Dentists located in Austin, TX & Round Rock, TX

Digital X-Rays Specialist

Digital X-rays make your dental examination quicker and safer, producing detailed images of your teeth, gums, and bones in seconds, with minimal exposure to radiation. The dentists at About Smiles in Austin and Round Rock, Texas, acknowledge that X-rays are an essential tool for accurately detecting and treating dental conditions. But your safety is our top priority, so we proudly use advanced digital technology.

Digital X-Rays Q & A

What are digital X-rays?

Digital X-ray images are are captured by a digital X-ray sensor rather than the traditional photographic film. The digital sensor converts the X-ray signals into an image that’s displayed on the computer and within seconds you and the dentist are able to view it.

What are the advantages of digital X-rays ?

Digital X-rays offer numerous significant advantages over traditional X-rays:

Less radiation: The digital X-ray sensor is more responsive than film, so less radiation is required to get a superior image. As a result, you’re exposed to 80-90% less radiation.

Better image: Digital X-rays have higher depth and clarity, and they can be enlarged without distorting the image.

Comfort: Traditional X-rays require lead bibs and biting down on cardboard. With digital X-rays, a simple sensor placed inside your mouth captures the X-rays and sends the image to the computer.

Less time: The image appears immediately on the computer, compared to traditional X-rays where you had to wait for chemical processing. This is also environmentally friendly, since dentists don’t have to worry about chemical exposure or disposal.

Advanced features: Digital software allows dentists to compare current digital images with previous ones, which means they can see small changes in teeth, gums, and bones either before and after a procedure or over time.

How do digital X-rays improve dental treatment?

Digital X-rays reveal the condition of teeth, their roots, the jaw, and gums with a clarity and depth that exceeds traditional X-rays. The dentists at About Smiles can detect microscopic details including hidden areas of decay between teeth or below existing fillings. They can find the slightest hint of gum disease, impacted teeth, bone abnormalities, and abnormal growths. Digital technology lets dentists catch dental problems early, when they’re easier to treat

What are panoramic X-rays?

About Smiles also uses digital equipment to produce panoramic X-rays and computer 3D scans. Panoramic X-rays use a machine with two arms that move in semicircles around your head. The resulting X-ray is a single, three-dimensional view of your entire mouth, including the upper and lower jaws, the temporomandibular joints, teeth, and even the nasal area and sinuses.

While other digital X-rays reveal the details of cavities, a panoramic X-ray shows bone abnormalities, impacted teeth, infections, and tumors. Panoramic X-rays may also be used when planning for dental treatments such as braces, implants, and dentures.


At About Smiles, we are in-network with most major insurance plans. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Delta Premier
United Concordia

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