Digital X-Rays Use 90% Less Radiation On Your Family
Digital radiography can take x-rays of your teeth utilizing 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 much more sensitive when compared with typical dental x-rays. Digital x-rays make it possible for us to easily look at the entire tooth and root structure along with surrounding bone and tissue. They offer us the opportunity to identify and diagnose problems before they may be apparent to the naked eye, and before they may lead to substantial harm and discomfort.
To get an x-ray, a small sensor pad which is attached by a line to a computer, is placed inside the mouth. A beam of energy is then sent through your teeth towards the sensor that saves the images. The doctors and staff can quickly access the digital x-rays on a display screen to review the results. Forget about waiting for x-rays to develop. The doctor can also show you the images allowing you to see what we are explaining with regards to your oral condition.
After that we are able to keep your x-rays in our computer system and gain access to them faster than previously. Additionally, the images may be delivered electronically to insurance agencies, dramatically reducing 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.