Electronic X-Rays Use 90% Less Radiation On Your Family
Digital radiography takes x-rays of your teeth using a computer. Digital x-rays not only expose our clients and staff members to 90% less radiation than typical film-type x-rays, they’re also much more sensitive compared to traditional dental x-rays. Digital x-rays allow us to clearly see the complete tooth and root structure along with adjoining bone and tissue. They give us an opportunity to find and diagnose concerns before they can be visible to the naked eye, and before they are able to lead to significant harm and discomfort.
To obtain an x-ray, a tiny sensor pad which is connected by a line to a computer system, is placed in the mouth. A beam of energy will then be sent through your teeth towards the sensor that records the images. The doctors and team members can quickly access the digital x-rays on a monitor to review the final results. No more waiting for x-rays to develop. We can also show you the images so you can see everything we are telling you about your oral issue.
After that we are able to store your x-rays in our computers and easily access them faster than in the past. In addition, your images can be sent digitally to insurance providers, significantly reducing processing time and leading to 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 I don’t mind telling you that I’m glad that obsolete tool has been replaced by progressive practices.