Even if you don’t have any symptoms, there may be more going on with your oral health below the surface. X-rays can be used to generate radiographic images of areas the dentist is interested in viewing more in depth.

Our specially trained team at Van Ness Family Dentistry takes every precaution when using our state of the art digital X-ray imaging technology. For years we have been safely taking images for patients from San Francisco, Oakland, Freemont, San Jose, and the surrounding areas to get a better understanding of each person’s oral health and discuss potential treatment options.

What is digital X-ray imaging?

X-ray beams are used to create a black and white image of your bones and teeth. Digital X-ray images are captured immediately, allowing the dentist to analyze them instantly and review the findings with you.

Our advanced technology at Van Ness Family Dentistry allows us to generate digital X-ray images quickly right in the office. We securely store the images electronically so we can more efficiently treat you.

Why should I have digital X-ray images taken?

Establish Medical History

When you are a new patient, the dentist may want to have digital X-ray images taken of your mouth to get a better idea of your present oral health status. This sets up a base level the dentist can reference later to better identify changes.  

Uncover Issues

Though you might not notice anything unusual, digital X-ray images may catch an issue that is going on in your teeth or jaw. Early detection is helpful in treating problems and may result in your health being improved sooner and potentially more cost effective.


Images generated from digital X-rays can be great tools for the dentist to better diagnose problems you may be experiencing or catch an issue before it becomes a larger problem. X-ray imaging can find problems early on, which can help you avoid more drastic and expensive procedures later.

These images can uncover:

  • Tooth decay hidden by fillings
  • Bone infections
  • Cavities between teeth
  • Periodontal disease
  • Tumors
  • Cysts or abscesses

How do I know if I should have a digital X-ray image taken?

The dentist will look at your medical history, disease risk, age, and symptoms to determine how often you should have digital X-ray images taken.

If you are ready to look into have digital X-ray images taken, go ahead and give us a call at (415) 487-1500 to set up an appointment. Our office is easy to get to in San Francisco and offers the premiere dental care of CA. Let Van Ness Family Dentistry show you why patients have been coming back to us for years. Proper upkeep and maintenance of your oral health is our top priority!


Healthier Overall
Cosmetic dentistry can help improve not only the look of your teeth but how they function. Damaged or misaligned teeth often affect your bite and inhibit you from chewing food and getting essential nutrients, affecting your overall health. Food must be broken down adequately to receive all the nutrients your body needs. One or more missing teeth can also make it difficult to chew as other teeth may shift to try to occupy the vacant space. The healthier your teeth are, the healthier you are
Increased Longevity
Cosmetic dentistry can enhance your appearance, confidence, and potentially help you live longer. A study by Wayne State University found strong smiles were associated with longevity. A professor studied a series of photos of individuals and those with large smiles often outlived people that had a faint or weak smile and those who didn’t smile period.
According to a recent study, professors at the University of California, Berkeley found smiles help individuals concentrate and be more successful. They examined images of women and spoke with them throughout their lives. Women with positive facial expressions tended to be less negative, more organized, concentrated and driven than those who didn’t.
Appealing Appearance

At Dental By Nature our goal isn’t just to create stunning smiles but to improve the function and health of your smile as well. A better-looking smile and enhanced overall health go hand-in-hand.

With our many cosmetic dentistry services, we are able to fix minor to complex dental imperfections. Each individual is different and has unique needs, which is why we work with you to determine a plan perfect for you.

With our convenient location, a better-looking smile is closer than you think. Call us today at (303) 776-6021 to book your consultation. With over 22 years of experience, we know what it takes to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.

Make sure to ask our staff about the amazing smile transformations Dental By Nature has delivered over the years.