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James Van Sicklen, Jr. DDS

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Stockton, CA

Dental X-rays are one of the most effective ways of identifying underlying dental issues invisible to the naked eye. Using digital and 3D imaging technology, the team at James Van Sicklen, Jr. DDS in Stockton, California, is committed to providing men, women, and families in San Joaquin County the most comprehensive diagnostic services available. To learn more about the role of X-rays in dental care, get in touch with the office by phone or online.

X- Ray Q & A

Why are dental X-rays important?

Dr. Van Sicklen considers X-rays one of the most instrumental tools in preventive dental care. They help him identify any potential issues in your mouth, as well as track the progress of ongoing treatment.

X-rays are part of your regular checkups, along with a cleaning and visual examination. The reason for this is that much of the bacteria in the teeth aren’t visible to the naked eye and can easily infiltrate the inner pockets of your gum line. X-rays can help Dr. Van Sicklen identify any potential problems.

How do dental X-rays work?

Dr. Van Sicklen takes X-rays of your mouth with two types of machines:

Digital X-rays

Digital X-rays use digital sensors rather than traditional photographic film to make impressions of your mouth, limiting the amount of emitted radiation while causing less discomfort.

Dr. Van Sicklen inserts a sensor into your mouth to capture images of your teeth. This sensor is connected to a computer, which allows your dentist to project the image of your mouth directly onto a screen.

CBCT-3D imaging

CBCT-3D imaging refers to a more in-depth imaging process that comes in handy when digital X-rays aren’t sufficient to identify the issue at hand. Dr. Van Sicklen uses CBCT-3D imaging to produce three-dimensional images of your teeth, soft tissues, nerves, and bone in a single scan.

This imaging process involves having you sit in a chair and having a C-arm or gantry rotate around your head. This allows the machine to capture a full 360-degree angle of your mouth to accurately create a single 3D image.

What does a dental X-ray show?

Dr. Van Sicklen might use X-ray technology to look for a variety of issues, including:

  • Dental decay
  • Periodontal disease
  • Bone loss
  • Abscesses
  • Pulpal disease
  • Impacted wisdom teeth
  • Missing teeth
  • Growth of permanent teeth
  • Defective fillings and restorations

In most cases, X-ray imaging gives your dentist what he’s looking for in a matter of minutes.

Dr. Van Sicklen recommends that you get a new set of X-rays done every couple of years to ensure that your records are up-to-date. However, if you have a known dental disease, you might need to be X-rayed more often to track the progress of both the condition and the treatment.

Get in touch with James Van Sicklen, Jr. DDS today by phone or online to learn more about dental X-rays.