Digital X-Ray


Radiography, x-rays, have been an essential part of dental care for decades. Traditional x-rays allow our team to scan images of the inner workings of patients’ smiles, develop these images on a special type of film, and view the images on lighted boards. While traditional x-rays allowed us to diagnose and treat developmental and other oral health issues in early stages, they also exposed patients to high levels of radiation, required our team to handle hazardous chemicals, and could only be viewed on specialty boards. Additionally, they were difficult to duplicate and transfer to dental labs, specialists, and insurance providers. At Smiley Dental in Lowell and Roslindale, MA, we streamline the x-ray process by utilizing state-of-the-art digital x-ray technology. Contact us to find out more or schedule an appointment.

Digital x-rays offer a number benefits over their traditional counterparts including:

  • Patients are exposed to 40% less radiation.
  • Employees do not need to develop images with hazardous chemicals.
  • Images are easier and more comfortable to capture than traditional x-rays making them ideal for young patients and those with sensitive teeth, gums, or gag reflex.
  • Images are clearer than traditional x-rays and can be zoomed in, colored coded, or otherwise enhanced for more accurate diagnosis and patient-centered treatment planning.
  • Digital x-ray images are immediately accessible on a chairside computer monitor where patients and doctors can view them.
  • X-rays are instantly available to dental labs shortening the time necessary to complete dental restorations.
  • We can easily transfer files to specialists and insurance providers.
  • X-rays can be compared between appointments, so we notice changes right away allowing for earlier diagnosis and more conservative care.


To keep your teeth and gums healthy, it is important to schedule regular checkups and dental cleanings. The American Dental Association (ADA) advises adult patients to visit the dentist at least once every six months. Regular dental cleanings remove stains and plaque buildup, preventing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect the jaw to the skull bone. When these joints are strained, used excessively, or otherwise damaged, pain when moving the jaw or limited jaw mobility may occur. When this happens, patients are said to suffer from TMJ dysfunction or TMD.

We are happy to process and file claims for most major dental insurance providers. We are in-network with a variety of PPO benefit plans and MassHealth.

Yes. Dental decay can occur as soon as children have teeth. Dental decay progresses faster in children, so it is recommended x-rays occur on a regular basis as prescribed by the dentist.

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  • reduces risks of tooth decay and cavities
  • Reduces the risk of gum disease
  • Removes stains
  • Freshens your breath
  • Improves your overall health

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