Low Radiation Digital X-Rays
Low Radiation Digital X-Rays
Digital radiographs, or X-rays as they are more commonly known, offer invaluable and life-saving benefits in the form of preventive diagnosis. One of the most prominent advantages to using digital x-rays compared to traditional methods is that radiation exposure for patients has been significantly reduced – making it a safer solution for all. By incorporating digital radiographs, not only are we able to streamline the process of taking x-rays, but also reduce our environmental footprint by eliminating film and required chemicals for processing.
Our dentists take advantage of larger computer screens which display digital radiographs, revealing any potential irregularities or abnormalities with the clearest detail. With X-rays, these hidden dental issues can be detected quickly and accurately for safe treatment plans. Without them, problem areas may go undetected – an unideal outcome that we would like to avoid at all costs!
Why Use Digital X-Rays?
Digital x-rays are invaluable for examining and diagnosing a number of potential medical issues, some of which include:
- Cysts or abscesses.
- Bone loss.
- Non-cancerous or cancerous tumors.
- Decay between the teeth.
- Dental developmental abnormalities.
- Poor tooth and root positions.
- Problems inside a tooth or below the gum line.
Early detection and intervention of dental problems can save you a great deal of time, money, agony, and even your teeth!
How Are Digital X-Rays Taken?
Unlike traditional x-ray imaging, digital x-rays make use of a miniature electronic sensor rather than film bitewings to acquire intraoral images. The process is relatively similar between the two techniques.
A full series of digital x-rays usually captures eighteen different perspectives of the teeth and mandible. The two most common views used by dentists are periapical and bitewing. With a periapical view, dentists can look for decay, disease or damage at the root level; whereas with a bitewing view, it is possible to assess both maxilla and mandible up close (Upper and lower jawbones).
After exposure, the digital image is quickly sent wirelessly to a computer for instant processing — something that would take up to five minutes with traditional film. After appearing on the screen, adjustments can be made in contrast, color and brightness further clarifying the picture. This streamlines your photography process and make capturing those special moments simpler than ever! Dentists have the power to quickly copy or print digital x-rays, enabling them to compare new images with prior ones and assess how treatments are progressing. If a specialist needs to be referred, most of the time that won’t require another set of radiographs due to the convenience of transmitting existing digital data via computer.
Digital radiographs are not only a safer and more effective method of capturing images, they also provide greater accuracy due to the ability to adjust image quality on the computer. All in all, digital x-rays provide invaluable insight into the overall health of your mouth and can be used for prevention, diagnosis or treatment planning. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of digital x-rays, feel free to contact our office and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Thank you for considering us for all your dental needs! We look forward to hearing from you soon.