Digital Radiographs Reduce Radiation Exposure By 90%
Digital radiography can take x-rays of your teeth using a computer. Not only do digital x-rays expose our patients and staff to 90% less radiation than standard film-type x-rays, they are also far more sensitive when compared with standard dental x-rays. Digital x-rays allow for us to clearly see the complete tooth and root structure along with adjoining bone and tissue. They give us the opportunity to detect and diagnose issues before they may be noticeable to the naked eye, and before they are able to bring about substantial damage and discomfort.
To obtain an x-ray, a tiny sensor pad which is connected by a line to a computer, is put inside the mouth. A beam of energy is then sent through your teeth to the sensor which records the images. The doctors and team members can quickly pull up the digital x-rays on a computer screen to examine the final results. No more waiting around for x-rays to be developed. The doctor can also share with you the images allowing you to see what we are describing with regards to your oral issue.
Subsequently we can keep your x-rays on our computers and easily access them faster than previously. On top of that, the images may be delivered electronically to insurance agencies, significantly 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.