Radiographs (X-ray images)

X-ray imaging is an important part of diagnosis for our patients. We have invested and trained in the latest technology in order to give the most accuracy and the lowest X-ray doses for our patients. Some of the different types of X-ray technology we use include:

Cone Beam CT scan

Located in our Dakota Dunes and Spencer office, our Sirona Cone Beam CT (CBCT) system is the latest word in three dimensional imaging of the jaws and face. Employing powerful computer technology and low radiation doses, cone beam CT scans give accurate three dimensional information as your doctor discusses your condition and plans your surgery. CBCT allows us to obtain images of the skull and jawbones in a relatively short period of time (approximately 10-15 seconds). This information can then be used to evaluate you in a way that was previously only possible with expensive medical CT scans. With the ability to identify vital anatomic structures such as nerves and blood vessels, we are able to plan the best possible treatment while decreasing the risk of complications.

This leading edge technology is used by Oral Surgery & Implant Specialists in planning surgery involving dental implants, complex extractions, trauma, reconstructive procedures, tumors and cysts, and infections. We are proud to be the first and only providers in the region to offer this technology for our patients.

While we do not obtain a CBCT on every patient, we do evaluate each patient on an individual basis to determine the benefits that may be obtained with a CBCT.

What is CBCT used for?

• Dental Implant Planning

• Impacted Teeth

• Orthognathic (Corrective Jaw) Surgery

• TMJ Analysis

• Airway Studies

• Orthodontics

• Maxillofacial Pathology

What are the advantages of CBCT over other X-ray images?

• Lower radiation dose than traditional CT

• Shorter scan times

• In -office availability

• Reduced cost

• Ability to identify vital structures such as nerves and blood vessels

• High resolution

• Extremely accurate images

• Ability to make surgical guides directly from the CBCT image


Digital radiographs

All of the radiographs done at our Dakota Dunes and Spencer offices (cone beam and intraoral) are digital. Digital X-ray pictures have greater detail and clarity and a very much lower X-ray dose when compared to standard X-rays.

Panoramic radiographs

Panographic x-rays (available at our Orange City office) provide a complete view of your mouth and supply crucial information about the position of your wisdom teeth, abscesses, signs of jaw-joint problems, sinus problems, and receding bone levels caused by periodontal disease. The x-ray head rotates around your head with the film positioned outside your mouth. You will be asked to wear a lead apron which protects the rest of your body. The amount of radiation exposure is very low.

Why are radiographs important?

Radiographs are important to provide important information so that we can develop an effective treatment plan to meet all your oral surgery needs. You will also be able to better visualize and understand your oral condition. Sometimes X-rays from your referring dentist are used during your treatment. Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will discuss with you the right X-ray type needed for your care.