Digital 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 team to 90% less radiation than common film-type x-rays, they are also far more sensitive than traditional dental x-rays. Digital x-rays enable us to easily see the whole tooth and root structure and also adjoining bone and tissue. They provide us the opportunity to identify and diagnose complications before they can be apparent to the naked eye, and before they may bring about considerable harm and discomfort.
To obtain an x-ray, a small sensor pad which is connected by a line to a computer system, is placed inside the mouth. A beam is then sent through your teeth towards the sensor which saves the images. The doctors and team members can instantly access the digital x-rays on a display screen to examine the final results. No more waiting around for x-rays to be developed. We are able to also show you the images allowing you to see what we are describing about your oral condition.
Subsequently we are able to keep your x-rays in our computers and easily access them quicker than ever before. Additionally, the images may be sent digitally to insurance providers, dramatically lowering processing time and contributing 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 I don’t mind telling you that I’m glad that obsolete tool has been replaced by progressive practices.