Digital X-Rays Reduce Radiation Exposure By 90%
Digital radiography takes x-rays of your teeth utilizing a computer. Digital x-rays not only expose our clients and employees to 90% less radiation than regular film-type x-rays, they are also considerably more sensitive than classic dental x-rays. Digital x-rays enable us to clearly see the complete tooth and root structure as well as adjoining bone and tissue. They offer us an opportunity to locate and diagnose issues before they may be noticeable to the naked eye, and before they may lead to considerable harm and discomfort.
To get an x-ray, a small sensor pad that is connected by a line to a computer, is put in the mouth. A beam will then be sent through your teeth to the sensor that saves the images. The doctors and staff may immediately access the digital x-rays on a screen to review the results. No more waiting for x-rays to develop. The doctor can also share with you the images so that you can see everything we are explaining about your dental issue.
After that we can store your x-rays in our computers and access them quicker than ever before. Also, your images could be delivered digitally to insurance providers, significantly lowering 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 I don’t mind telling you that I’m glad that obsolete tool has been replaced by progressive practices.