At our office, Lumbertown Dental Wellness in North Muskegon, MI, our dentist – Dr. James R. Donley is committed to providing safe, reliable and conservative treatment to our patients. That is why he chose to implement digital radiography into the office over 20 years ago! The lower radiation, the lack of needing caustic chemicals to process films, the speed of being able to see the results were just a few of the reasons he selected digital intraoral x-rays. It also allows the doctor or our hygienist quick access to looking at the bone level or root when doing certain procedures.

Besides offering a great view of the teeth with approximately 85% less radiation exposure, digital x-rays can be shared with our specialists that we work with locally. It makes it easier for us to communicate with them and again, limit the amount of radiation you receive.

In addition to using the digital x-rays for single pictures of the individual teeth, Dr. Donley invested in a PANORAMIC x-ray machine to take x-rays showing a broader view of the mouth all in one picture. This is tremendously helpful to identify if a patient has extra teeth, delayed eruption of teeth, crooked or crowded teeth, and cysts or infections that might not show up on “regular” x-rays. 

We can also use this to evaluate the TMJ, orthodontics, root canals, wisdom teeth and bone levels when considering dental implants.

Dr. Donley mentioned that he has been able to identify extra teeth or conditions that previous dentists never saw, simply looking one tooth at a time, from using the panoramic x-rays.