Digital Dental X-Rays in Encino

Dental radiographs (x-rays) are essential, preventative, diagnostic tools that provide valuable information not visible during a regular dental exam. Dentists and dental hygienists use this information to safely and accurately detect hidden dental abnormalities and complete an accurate treatment plan. Without x-rays, problem areas may go undetected.


  • Abscesses or cysts
  • Bone loss
  • Cancerous and non-cancerous tumors
  • Decay between the teeth
  • Developmental abnormalities
  • Poor tooth and root positions
  • Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line

Detecting and treating dental problems at an early stage can save you time, money, unnecessary discomfort, and most importantly, your teeth!


We are all exposed to natural radiation in our environment. The amount of radiation exposure from a full mouth series of x-rays is equal to the amount a person receives in a single day from natural sources.

Dental x-rays produce a low level of radiation and are considered safe. Dr. Shelden takes necessary precautions to limit the patient’s exposure to radiation when taking dental x-rays. These precautions include using lead apron shields to protect the body and using modern, fast film that cuts down the exposure time of each x-ray.

Dr. Selden has taken the precaution one step further by committing our office to the use of digital x-rays 100% of the time. Digital x-ray is the lastest technology used to take dental x-rays. This technique uses an electronic sensor (instead of x-ray film) that captures and stores the digital image on a computer. this image can be instantly viewed and enlarged, helping the dentis and dental hygienist detect problems easier. Compared to the already low exposure of traditional dental x-rays, the use of digital x-rays lowers the radiation exposure by up to 90% by using lower doses and higher speeds of exposure.


The need for dental x-rays depends on each patient’s individual dental health needs. Dr. Shelden and dental hygienist will recommend necessary x-rays based on the review of your medical and dental history, dental exam, signs and symptoms, age consideration, and risk for disease.