Digital X-Rays Reduce Radiation Exposure By 90%
Digital radiography takes x-rays of your teeth using a computer. Not only do digital x-rays expose our patients and staff members to 90% less radiation than common film-type x-rays, they’re also considerably more sensitive compared to typical dental x-rays. Digital x-rays make it possible for us to clearly look at the complete tooth and root structure along with adjoining bone and tissue. They give us the opportunity to find and diagnose complications before they can be apparent to the naked eye, and before they may lead to significant harm and pain.
To obtain an x-ray, a tiny sensor pad that is attached by a line to a computer system, is put in the mouth. A beam is then sent through your teeth towards the sensor which saves the images. The doctors and staff members may instantly pull up the digital x-rays on a display screen to review the final results. Forget about waiting for x-rays to be developed. We are able to also share with you the images so that you can see what we are describing about your dental condition.
After that we are able to store your x-rays on our computer system and easily access them quicker than previously. Furthermore, the images can be delivered electronically to insurance companies, dramatically reducing processing time and resulting in faster treatment.
It seems funny now to think back on when our dental practice used photographic film x-rays. This will be something that someday every dental office will look back upon with a chuckle, kind of like 8-track tapes in your car. Of course, that’s if you can remember 8-track tapes. Maybe, I should reference cassette tapes. They were once the latest technology in music.
Photographic film x-rays have been in use by dentists since the 1800’s. There were many problems with them but there were no alternatives. Remember how that big chunk of cardboard that held the film was dry and made you choke? And, the edges would hurt your gums? Remember when the assistant took the x-ray and then you had to wait while they processed it in chemicals, which were later discarded, adding pollution to the clean water cycle. Sometimes they dried the x-ray films, other times they just used them wet. Then, if the x-ray was a good one and didn’t have to be redone, you and the doctor would squint at this little piece of film. The dentist would try to point out problems or decay, but you couldn’t see it. I don’t mind telling you that I’m glad that obsolete tool has been replaced by progressive practices.