At Westhill Dental, our office is equipped with advanced digital x-ray technology. This allows us to deliver the highest quality images under the lowest levels of radiation. Digital radiographs produce between 1/10th and 1/100th of the radiation of conventional x-rays making them safer, quicker, and easier than in the past. With a variety of image customization options, we find digital dental x-rays for better diagnostics a better and more thorough look at the teeth rather than old-fashioned film.
DIGITAL DENTAL X-RAYS
When we take a digital radiograph, the image is immediately available on the computer in the treatment room. This allows Dr. Trenton Paffenroth or your hygienist to quickly and thoroughly review your films and include you in a discussion about the results.
At Westhill Dental, we use periapical x-rays (called PAs in dental jargon) to look at the tip of the roots of your teeth and the surrounding bone structure. These x-rays are very useful in cases of trauma or for patients who are experiencing dental pain. These images help Dr. Trenton Paffenroth to view a tooth in its entirety and are used in the treatment planning and treatment of endodontic lesions (root canal therapy).
Panoramic x-rays give us the “big picture” of your teeth and craniofacial structures, including jaw bone and joint and sinuses. Your first panoramic x-ray is necessary between ages 5 – 8 when you start to get your permanent teeth. We may take one earlier if we have concerns with the size of teeth in comparison with jaw size. A Panoramic x-ray is used by the orthodontist to determine those discrepancies and to determine when they will start treatment. We recommend having a panoramic image taken every three to five years so we can keep eye changes that aren’t visible on other types of x-rays and to catch any pathological conditions like oral cancer before they advance. This is the type of x-ray we use for checking wisdom teeth too. We take a Panoramic style of x-ray if patients are complaining of wisdom teeth trouble.
CBCT vs PAN
CBCT (computed tomography) and PAN (panoramic radiography) are two different types of dental imaging. CBCT produces 3-D images of the teeth, while PAN produces 2-D images. CBCT uses a cone-shaped x-ray beam that rotates around the patient’s head, taking many different pictures that are then combined to create a 3D image. Panoramic radiography, on the other hand, uses a single x-ray beam that moves in a half-circle around the patient’s head. The 3D images produced by CBCT can be viewed from multiple angles, making it easier to spot small problems. Panoramic radiography, on the other hand, only provides a single 2D view which can make it difficult to see small abnormalities.
CBCT is more accurate in detecting problems such as tooth decay and periodontal disease. CBCT is also better at showing the relationships between teeth, while PAN is better at showing the overall structure of the jaws.
CEPH X-ray for Traditional Ortho
A cephalometric X-ray (CEPH) is a unique tool that enables the dentist to capture a complete radiographic image of the side of the face. This type of x-ray uses cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) to create an image of the teeth and jaws. CEPH X-ray is different from traditional x-rays because it creates a three-dimensional (3D) image of the teeth and jaws. This allows the orthodontist to see the teeth and jaws from all angles, which helps them to better assess the situation and plan the best course of treatment.
CEPH x-rays are taken from the side of the head and provide a bird’s eye view of the teeth and jaws. This type of x-ray can be very helpful in identifying any potential problems that might not be apparent from a traditional examination. It can also be used to help plan treatment and assess progress over time.
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What Our Patients Say About Us
I smiled all day after my appointment with Westhill Dental. I got two implants and I am so happy. I would recommend everyone to go to get there dentistry done there. Dr Trenton and staff are amazing and caring. They put my mind at ease and helped me through everything.i used to hate going to the dentist but now I look forward to it. Westhill dental educates you and explains every step. I am proud to say I go to Westhill Dental and I will tell everyone I know they are the best.
Great experience today at my first appointment at Westhill Dental in Greenville! Billie was great with being very informative on my x rays, my cleaning, and tips and tricks for future preventative care. Dr Trent was out of the office this week on vacation but I got to meet Dr Ian. I was more than impressed with how personable he was, definitely not the norm with any “medical” appointment. He took the time to explain terms I didn’t understand as well as explain the different options I had for my future dental health. Highly recommend and will be recommending this office to all!
This was my first experience and I appreciate the care that Nicole showed during my cleaning. She explained everything that she was doing and looking for during my new patient visit. Dr. Trent did the same and was very kind and personable. He explained what he was looking for and took the time to have a conversation to connect. I am truly glad I made the switch to Westhill Dental!😁
I have been a patient at Westhill Dental for about a year and I have nothing but good to say about Dr. Trent and his team. They are professional but yet so friendly and welcoming. I feel like family in just this short time. I have had exams/cleanings, a sleep study and a crown, and It has been a great experience. So glad I found them! Thank you for the great care.