Digital X-rays (radiographs)
Digital X-rays have become the norm in dental offices today and is part of the dental care we give to our patients.
Our digital radiography is ultimately better for patient’s health, care, and diagnosis. It creates better X-rays faster and reduces the amount of radiation patients receive by at least 80% as compared to more conventional radiography. Digital radiography produces sharp, clear images on the computer screen quickly, requiring just a fraction of the radiation of traditional film X-rays. For example, Full Mouth X-rays (14-16 radiographs) for diagnosis and treatment planning can be done with only 4 seconds of total exposure time. The immediacy of radiographic images also decreases time lost in waiting for development of films and in the immediate retaking if necessary.
Digital radiography allows your dentist to change contrast (to lighter or darker), enlarge images, place color enhancements or superimpose various textures on images. All of these changes of the original image facilitate easier detection of any pathos that is present, allowing for better diagnosis and treatment planning. This technological tool also allows for an immediate and effective patient education tool to explain dental problems and treatment options to patients. Digital dental X-rays are used to plan many kinds of dental treatment, such as oral surgery procedures, root canal treatment, dental implants, orthodontics and more.
Digital X-rays allow patient records to be compiled and sorted easily and efficiently in the computer. They can show trends in patient’s teeth over time. These records can be electronically transferred easily to your insurance company to receive a faster claim turnaround or to a specialist for immediate attention. Digital radiography is environmentally-friendly because our dental office no longer disposes environmentally hazardous wastes, such as fixer and lead foil.
Why Do I Need X-rays?
X-rays are of value for several reasons:
1. They provide a visual picture of the bone under the gums and the internal parts of the tooth for diagnosis for many types of dental problems:
- Hidden calculus and decay
- Abscess, infections in the tooth nerves, cysts, or tumors
- Fractured roots or the shape of roots
- Foreign particles
- Bone support, destruction, and loss
- Depth of fillings and fractures in existing fillings
- Baby teeth and developmental abnormalities
- Sinus level
- Abnormal areas and
- Gum variations.
2. They are a tool of prevention for complications, discomfort level, and expense.
3. They provide a historical comparison of bone, teeth, and gums.
4. They are a study guide for treatment planning and restoring oral health.