Digital X-Rays 2D and 3D

Radiographie numérique 2D et 3D

In our dental clinic, digital x-rays have replaced traditional x-ray films. In addition to making it easier to store images in patient records, this new technology also comes with other benefits:

  • 90% reduction in exposure to radiation (as opposed to traditional x-rays).
  • Immediate results – meaning less waiting time for you.
  • More eco-friendly, thanks to the elimination of toxic solutions used to process traditional x-ray films.
  • Quicker transfer of images, as x-rays can be sent by email to insurance companies, dentists and other medical professionals.
  • The digital images are processed by computer to improve the contrast and luminosity. This allows improved controls and often prevents taking additional x-rays when images are not clear enough.

Types of Dental X-Rays

radiographie périapicale

Periapical x-rays show a group of upper or lower teeth so as to better examine the root, crown and supporting bone structure of the teeth.

radiographie interproximale

Interproximal x-rays, also known as bitewings, show the crowns of the upper and lower teeth; it helps the dentist to detect cavities between the teeth at the back of your mouth and evaluate the level of the supporting bone structure.

radiographie panoramique

Panoramic x-rays (Panorex) show all the teeth and adjacent structures of the upper and lower jaw. It is the type of radiography used to examine the position and eruption of wisdom teeth and plan the extraction if required.


The cephalogram is an x-ray of the skull and jaws. It is mainly used in orthodontics to evaluate bone growth and teeth development.

tomographies volumiques à faisceau conique

Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) is the most advanced type of dental x-rays and is available in very few clinics. The image produced is in 3 dimensions. In the above example, it is used in the precise planning of implant placement.

To learn more, visit the Ordre des Dentistes du Québec website about dental x-rays