What is a Dental X-Ray?

At El Dorado Hills Dental Wellness, we utilize state-of-the-art digital X-ray technology to enhance the accuracy, efficiency, and safety of your dental care. Digital X-rays provide detailed images of your teeth, jawbone, and surrounding structures, allowing our team to diagnose and treat dental issues with precision.

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Dental x-ray
Dental x-ray

Here's why we choose digital X-rays for your dental needs:

Enhanced Image Quality: Digital X-rays produce high-resolution images that provide superior clarity and detail compared to traditional film X-rays. This allows our dentist, Dr. Rika Prodhan-Ashraf, to assess your oral health more accurately, detect potential problems, and develop appropriate treatment plans tailored to your unique needs.

Reduced Radiation Exposure: Digital X-rays significantly reduce radiation exposure compared to conventional film X-rays. The technology utilizes advanced sensors that capture images using up to 80% less radiation. This ensures your safety while still providing the diagnostic information necessary for effective treatment.

Quick and Convenient Process: Digital X-rays offer a streamlined and efficient experience. The images are captured and displayed on a computer screen almost instantly, eliminating the need for time-consuming film development. This not only saves time but also allows our team to review and discuss the results with you more promptly.

Enhanced Communication and Education: With digital X-rays, we can display the images on chairside monitors, enabling us to visually explain your dental conditions and treatment options in real-time. You can actively participate in the discussion, ask questions, and gain a better understanding of your oral health, empowering you to make informed decisions about your dental care.

Environmentally Friendly: Unlike traditional film X-rays, digital X-rays do not require any chemicals for development. This makes them more environmentally friendly, reducing the use of hazardous materials and waste generation.

Advanced Diagnostic Capabilities: Digital X-rays offer advanced diagnostic capabilities, allowing our team to detect dental issues that may not be visible to the naked eye. This includes identifying tooth decay, periodontal disease, impacted teeth, cysts, abscesses, and other abnormalities. Early detection of these conditions can lead to timely intervention and more conservative treatment approaches.

At El Dorado Hills Dental Wellness, we are committed to providing you with the highest quality dental care, and digital X-rays are an essential part of our commitment. By utilizing this advanced technology, we can ensure accurate diagnoses, efficient treatment planning, and effective solutions for your dental needs.

Experience the benefits of digital X-rays for your oral health. Schedule an appointment with us today and discover how our state-of-the-art technology enhances your dental care experience while prioritizing your safety and well-being.

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Don’t delay addressing your dental concerns. Reach out to us today to arrange your same-day dental procedure and enjoy swift, dependable, and comfortable care. Contact us at (916) 933-3011 or drop by our El Dorado Hills office. We’re here to help you attain a healthier, more joyful smile in just one day.


Digital radiography, or digital x-rays is the method we use to help us detect abnormalities or issues below the surface. In the past, dentists had to rely on x-rays that required film development. Today in our office we are able to take digital x-rays which have multiple benefits.


Digital x-rays have a benefit of lower ration levels. Traditional x-rays already had low radiation exposure but going digital further lowered exposure by up to 90%. The use of an electronic sensor instead of x-ray film to capture the image allows us to instantly see the results so we can either retake a blurry image or move on to your oral exam without having to wait for development. Having the images be digital instead of film also allows your dentist and hygienist to enlarge the image for a better view.


Digital x-rays are a diagnostic tool that is necessary for dentists to see what is going on below the surface. Without these images, some issues may go undetected such as:

  • Abscesses or cysts.
  • Bone loss.
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors.
  • Decay between the teeth.
  • Developmental abnormalities.
  • Poor tooth and root positions.
  • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.


Detecting these issues as soon as possible could save you money, pain, time, and maybe even your life in extreme cases.


We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment every single day. Digital X-rays produce less radiation than their film counterparts as well as less disposable waste. Every year your body is exposed to 3.1 millisieverts (mSv) of natural radiation. The radiation you receive from dental x-rays is about 0.005 mSv.

Even with this low level of radiation we take extra precautions to limit your exposure further. We only take x-rays that are necessary and use lead apron shields.


The need for dental x-rays is individual to each patient’s needs. Your dentist will determine your need depending on your medical history, symptoms, and risk.
For new patients we usually recommend a full series of dental x-rays, followed by necessary x-rays at your cleanings once or twice a year to detect new dental problems.

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