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Digital X-Rays

Digital dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam.  Dr.'s Pfeifer use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan.  Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.

Digital X-rays may reveal:

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

Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and your teeth!

Are Digital dental x-rays safe?

We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment.  The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series of digital x-rays is less than the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources.

Digital dental x-rays produce 50% lower levels of radiation than conventional film x-rays.  The staff always takes the  necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays.  

How often should dental x-rays be taken?

The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs.  Dr.'s Pfeifer  will recommend necessary x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, age consideration, and risk for disease.

A panorex x-ray and 4 Bite wing x-rays  (x-rays of top and bottom teeth biting together)  are commonly recommended for new patients.  A full mouth series/panorex is usually good for three to five years.  Bite-wing x-rays may be taken at one year intervals, depending on the patients history of decay.

William A. Pfiefer, DDS 6979 South Holly Circle Suite 150 Centennial, CO 80112 Phone: 303-850-7614 Email: