Digital Dental X-Rays

Diagnostic & Preventive Dentistry

At Milltown Dental, X-rays as an essential part of your dental treatment plan. Although X-rays are designed as a tool in diagnosing dental issues, we also use them as a preventative measure to identify potential oral health issues before they progress.

What is a digital dental X-ray?

An X-ray uses “energy” to pass through soft tissues to detect issues that cannot be seen by the human eye. Although we can use oral exams to look for dental issues, an X-ray will show us issues “under the covers” or between teeth that might be harder to detect. Digital X-rays allow us to take X-rays with minimal exposure to radiation, while producing clear computer images that can be stored electronically as part of your dental records.

What are the types of digital dental X-rays?

There are two main categories of digital dental X-rays: intraoral and extraoral. Intraoral X-rays are taken inside the mouth while extraoral X-rays are taken outside the mouth. Intraoral X-rays provide a high level of detail giving us an excellent look at teeth, bone and the supporting tissue in your mouth.

We can order different X-rays as a diagnostic tool to confirm the suspicions of specific issues. These X-rays can include:

  • Periapical: These X-rays are used to view the tooth from the crown to the bone.
  • Bite-Wing: Provides a view of lower and upper posterior for occlusion. They are also used to look for decay between your back teeth.
  • Panoramic: This X-ray takes an entire shot of your teeth, jaws, nasal area, sinuses and the joints of the jaw. These are taken prior to treatments such as orthodontics or implants. They are also used to look for bone abnormalities and fractures, cysts, impacted teeth, infections and tumours.
  • Occlusal: This shows the bite of the upper or lower jaw. It is effective in following the development of children’s teeth with a view of both primary (baby) and permanent (adult) teeth.

How are X-rays taken?

We perform digital X-rays in our office. We use a heavy lead apron and thyroid collar to protect you from radiation exposure. For intraoral X-rays, we place a small plastic apparatus in your mouth holding the X-ray film. Patients bite down on the apparatus to hold it in place while the technician takes the X-ray.

Panoramic X-rays use a special machine that is completely pain-free. It consists of an X-ray tube and detector. The technician will place your head in position using a chin and side rests to hold your head steady, and the X-ray tube will rotate in a semicircle around your head to take the image in about 15 seconds.

Do X-rays hurt?

Dental X-rays are completely pain-free. If you experience severe TMJ issues it can be difficult to accommodate the apparatus used to hold the film for intraoral X-rays, but we make every effort to accommodate patients with special requirements.

What are X-rays used for?

We use X-rays to:

  • Find cavities
  • Observe the roots of the teeth
  • Check the bone health
  • Identify periodontal disease
  • Observe developing teeth, especially wisdom teeth
  • Look for signs that could cause issues with your dental health

What are the benefits of dental X-rays?

X-rays are required to help us diagnose and prevent future dental problems. These issues can include cavities, infections and gum disease. We can see what’s happening inside a tooth and beneath the gums, which can identify decay beneath restorative work as well as assess bone health.

Bone health is an important aspect of dental health, as healthy bone and the supporting tissue hold your teeth in place. X-rays also help confirm the need for treatments and aid in helping us identify the areas of the teeth that require restorative work.

When are X-rays used for children?

Dental X-rays for children are used so that dentists can:

  • See how baby teeth are erupting
  • Track the number, size and location of teeth before they erupt
  • Look for extra or missing teeth
  • Watch for signs your child might need braces

Are digital dental X-rays safe for children?

Digital X-rays are an excellent option for children, as they help minimize exposure to radiation. Precautions that we take to ensure your child’s comfort and safety during their X-ray include:

  • The use of leaded thyroid collars and aprons
  • Only taking X-rays as needed
  • Abiding by the recommended exposure times suitable for children
  • Using the most up-to-date equipment

Digital dental X-rays are a crucial tool to help us provide the best possible treatment. They provide a preventative approach to dental care while assisting us in properly diagnosing issues and recommending the appropriate treatment. Please feel free to contact our staff with any questions or concerns. Call us at (905) 878-8528 to book your appointment today.

Milltown Dental

840 Main Street East, Unit 3,
Milton, Ontario, L9T0J4,

Practice Hours:Monday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PMTuesday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMWednesday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PMThursday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PMFriday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Additional Information: Alternating Saturdays: 8 AM - 3 PM


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Rita Fatallah
Rita Fatallah
Dr. Julie is the most confident, knowledgeable and passionate dentist I have ever met! My daughter was diagnosed with a mild tongue tie the day she was born and at a few weeks old, I started searching endlessly on where to have her release done. As a worried mom, I wanted the best of the best treatment and thankfully, I was recommended to Dr.Julie. Let me tell you…Dr.Julie IS the definition of BEST of the BEST!! The moment I met her in person, I knew my 5 week old was in good hands. This is the EXACT person you want doing a tongue tie procedure. All the staff are incredibly kind, professional and genuine. The clinic is very clean and organized. For each appointment, I was greeted immediately and was brought in right away. You will initially watch a detailed informative video and then will meet with the dentist outlining the procedure. She did not pressure us what so ever. The actual laser treatment happens quick, yes your baby will cry (it’s normal) and finally you will be taught the daunting yet IMPORTANT stretches. Make sure to NOT skip them. Thank you Dr. Boudreault for showing me how to do them a million times and not once were you bothered. God bless you all. Best Regards, Baby Rose’s mom
Steve Borrelli
Steve Borrelli
Wow ! First let me start off by saying thank you Anita & Nadia you both were unbelievable so helpful and respectful thank you for making me feel comfortable for my first time there. 2nd thank you to all the professionals in this establishment I strongly recommend this location they did a fantastic job. See you again !
Jennifer Murray
Jennifer Murray
Dr. Julie is amazing. She is extremely knowledgeable in her field and makes you feel confident while making the decision about your babies oral ties. We're so happy we went with Milltown Dental to fix our daughters tongue tie, we truly felt like we were under the best care possible. Thank you Dr. Julie and team!
Andreaa N
Andreaa N
Took my 2 month old for a lip and tongue tie. Dr. Julie was extremely knowledgeable, things I didn’t even know was part of a tie. I was so anxious going into the appointment that after watching the video and talking to Dr. Julie, I knew I had made the right decision in coming to this office. I also didn’t feel pressured at all, which also made me feel better about the decision. Everyone was very friendly and the office is very clean. Thank you Milltown Dental!! I Will definitely recommend to friends and family!!
Crypto Thumbs
Crypto Thumbs
Always 5 stars at Milltown Dental. The staff is so friendly and they really know what they are doing. This is my go to place in a Milton.
Jen Marriott
Jen Marriott
Dr. Julie is the best dentist ever!! I walked into Milltown Dental with severe anxiety and horrible teeth. With Dr. Julie's compassion, understanding, and master skills, I've left with confidence and faith that there's nothing we can't get through together. I owe my own and my family's smile to Dr. Julie and Milltown Dental. 💛
Kate H
Kate H
If I could give more than 5 starts I would. Not only is Dr. Julie incredibly skilled but she is the kindest most ethical and empathetic dentist I have come across. She has a top-notch informative consultation process for those looking to explore tongue/lip ties for their babies. The office itself is a clean comfortable environment, staff are efficient and very friendly.
Mike Jongkind
Mike Jongkind
Really fantastic experience here. Staff and dental professionals seem to genuinely care. It didn’t feel like they were just trying to sell me treatments. The hygienist I had was very professional and kind. The dentist was very personable and took the time to explain things to me. Would strongly recommend this office to anyone looking for a great dentist experience. UPDATE: I got invisilines here and the experience has been awesome. They explain everything in plain language and make it easy to understand the process. I was so impressed with how pleasant they made the treatment. Again, really great dentist practice. Strongly recommend.