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 Gregory C. Dilger D.D.S.           General Dentist            1353 Edgewater St.          West Salem          (503) 378-0466   

Digital X-rays
Computerized Digital X-ray  

Our digital x-ray system delivers up to 80% less radiation to our patients than traditional dental x-rays.   They allow for better diagnosis through the use of large, easy to view, digitally enhanced x-rays. Our office was the first in the country to install a full office networked system. 

Dental x-rays are a vital part of the dental exam.   They are used to discover cavities between teeth and under old fillings and crowns and evaluate bony support around teeth and progression of gum disease.   They often are our only way to discover abscessed teeth, cysts, tumors, unerupted teeth and many other surprises. 

There is radiation when we use x-rays.   But the amount is often misunderstood.    The maximum yearly dose for US and Canadian radiation workers is set at 5,000 millirems (mrem).   Common medical x-rays and the radiation they use include : Barium enema 875 mrems, Mammography 1000 mrems, lower spine series 450 mrems, gall bladder view 168 mrems, abdominal 147 mrems, hip 72 mrems, cervical spine (neck) 52 mrems. 

Another source of radiation is our surroundings.    For instance, each time you fly from coast to coast, you receive 4 mrems of radiation.  Pano 

By comparison, a dental panoramic x-ray on our digital machine uses about 1 mrem, and a single in mouth x-ray is a fraction of 1 mrem.   To reach the yearly maximum safe dose we would have to take over 10,000 dental x-rays. 

Digital technology is safe not only for our patients, but also for our community because there are no chemicals or lead wrapper waste to dispose of into the environment. 

As you can see, the risk of dental x-rays is very small, especially compared to the risk of undetected decay, gum disease, accesses and other serious conditions.


Ready to appoint?  Call Julie at (503) 378-0466, orRequest An Appointment

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Patient Testamonials


Dear Dr. Dilger:


It all started with my initial phone call to Dr. Dilger's office. I felt so comfortable from the start and after I came in for my first visit it's been all about what I want and what Dr. Dilger and his staff recommends for me. All around, it's been the best dental experience I've ever had.


Al P.




Going to the dentist used to be a nightmare experience for me. That's all changed when I came to Dr. Dilger. Dr. Dilger's office staff are so warm and welcoming. Visiting them is like going home. Dr. Dilger's calm and caring manner erased all my dental anxiety and for the first time in my life I found myself relaxed in a dental chair. Dr. Dilger and his staff really took the time to get to know me and my concerns. They talked with me about my fears and helped me address my anxiety. Now I visit the dentist and I'm not afraid. I can not express the difference Dr. Dilger has made in my dental life! Thanks so much Dr. D.


Molly F.




I love my new smile.  It was so easy too.  Nearly pain free.  I am considering my lower teeth at a later date.


Debbie E.