Electronic X-Rays Use 90% Less Radiation On Your Family
Digital radiography can take x-rays of your teeth by 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 are also far more sensitive when compared with traditional dental x-rays. Digital x-rays make it possible for us to easily see the complete tooth and root structure and also surrounding bone and tissue. They provide us an opportunity to identify and diagnose problems before they may be noticeable to the naked eye, and before they can cause considerable damage and pain.
To get an x-ray, a small sensor pad which is connected by a line to a computer, is put inside the mouth. A beam is then sent through your teeth towards the sensor which records the images. The doctors and staff may immediately access the digital x-rays on a display screen to examine the results. Forget about waiting around for x-rays to develop. The doctor can also show you the images to help you see everything we are telling you about your dental issue.
Subsequently we can keep your x-rays in our computers and gain access to them quicker than in the past. Additionally, your images can be delivered electronically to insurance agencies, dramatically decreasing 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 I don’t mind telling you that I’m glad that obsolete tool has been replaced by progressive practices.