Digital Radiographs Protect Your Family By Needing Less Radiation
Digital radiography can take x-rays of your teeth using a computer. Digital x-rays not only expose our patients and staff to 90% less radiation than regular film-type x-rays, they’re also considerably more sensitive when compared with classic dental x-rays. Digital x-rays make it possible for us to easily view the complete tooth and root structure as well as adjoining bone and tissue. They give us an opportunity to detect and diagnose complications before they can be noticeable to the naked eye, and before they are able to result in considerable damage and discomfort.
To get an x-ray, a little sensor pad which is hooked up by a line to a computer, is put in the mouth. A beam is then sent through your teeth to the sensor which saves the images. The doctors and team members can quickly access the digital x-rays on a monitor to review the results. No more waiting around for x-rays to be developed. We can also show you the images to help you see everything we are describing with regards to your dental issue.
After that we can keep your x-rays on our computers and access them quicker than ever. Furthermore, the images can be sent electronically to insurance companies, 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 I don’t mind telling you that I’m glad that obsolete tool has been replaced by progressive practices.