At Westhill Dental, our office is equipped with advanced digital x-ray technology. This allow us to deliver the highest quality images under the lowest levels of radiation. Digital radiographs produce between 1/10th and 1/100th of the radiation of conventional x-rays making them safer, quicker, and easier than in the past. With a variety of image customization options, we find digital dental x-rays for better diagnostics a better and more thorough look at the teeth rather than old fashioned film.

Digital Dental X-rays

When we take a digital radiograph, the image is immediately available on the computer in the treatment room. This allows Dr. Trenton Paffenroth or your hygienist to quickly and thoroughly review your films and include you in discussion about the results.


Bitewing x-rays are the most common dental radiographs. Our Hygienists and Assistants routinely take four images that will show your upper and lower back teeth biting together. Our Doctors will inspect the spaces between those back teeth so that we can diagnose interproximal ( Between the teeth) decay and check bone levels. We recommend having these films taken every 12-24 months, depending on your caries risk.

Periapical X-Rays

At Westhill Dental, we use periapical x-rays (called PAs in dental jargon) to look at the tip of the roots of your teeth and the surrounding bone structure. These x-rays are very useful in cases of trauma or for patients who are experiencing dental pain. These images help Dr. Trenton Paffenroth to view a ooth in its entirety and are used in the treatment planning and treatment of endodontic lesions (root canal therapy).

Panoramic X-Rays

Panoramic x-rays give us the “big picture” of your teeth and craniofacial structures, including jaw bone and joint and sinuses. Your first panoramic x-ray is necessary between ages 5 – 8, when you start to get your permanent teeth. We may take one earlier if we have concerns with size of teeth in comparison with jaw size. A Panoramic x-ray is used by the orthodontist to determine those discrepancies and to determine when they will start treatment. We recommend having a panoramic image taken every three to five years so we can keep an eye changes that aren’t visible on other types of x-rays and to catch any pathological conditions like oral cancer before they advance. This is the type of x-ray we use for checking wisdom teeth too. We take a Panoramic style of x-ray if patients are complaining of wisdom teeth trouble.

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What Our Patients Say About Us

We Are Ready To See You. Welcome Back!

We have always put our patients and team’s health and safety first and will continue to do so! During the shelter in place our team has been busy reinforcing what we have always done to keep our patients safe and secure as well as implement additional steps so that we could re-open with confidence! Our vision is to keep our patients informed and supported every step of the way. We want you to know:

  • That we are paying close attention to the evolving CDC guidelines and will continue to make our practice safe for all those we are honored to serve.
  • Our team has worked diligently to make sure that all social distancing requirements are in place, so that every patient can come back to care with confidence.
  • Your dental health is important and impacts your overall health and we are committed to supporting each and every one of you as we return to full services beyond emergency care.
  • Our hygienists have streamlined their protocols, so that patients can return to their continuing care intervals, which are key in maintaining health and well-being.
  • We will continue to post updates, as well as tips to keep you healthy during these unprecedented times on our Facebook Page Westhilldentalappleton. We invite you to join the conversation!

We look forward to seeing you soon! Our greatest reward comes from serving our dental family!