Electronic X-Rays Reduce Radiation Exposure By 90%
Digital radiography takes x-rays of your teeth by using a computer. Not only do digital x-rays expose our clients and employees to 90% less radiation than normal film-type x-rays, they’re also a lot more sensitive when compared with standard dental x-rays. Digital x-rays enable us to clearly look at the complete tooth and root structure along with surrounding bone and tissue. They provide us an opportunity to locate and diagnose problems before they are apparent to the naked eye, and before they can cause significant damage and discomfort.
To get an x-ray, a little sensor pad which is hooked up by a line to a computer system, is placed inside the mouth. A beam is then sent through your teeth towards the sensor that records the images. The doctors and team members can immediately pull up the digital x-rays on a display screen to examine the final results. No more waiting for x-rays to develop. We are able to also show you the images so that you can see what we are explaining with regards to your oral issue.
Then we can save your x-rays on our computer system and access them faster than in the past. Furthermore, the images may be delivered electronically to insurance companies, dramatically decreasing 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 I don’t mind telling you that I’m glad that obsolete tool has been replaced by progressive practices.