Radiographs or X-rays have been an important part of dental care for decades. They help the dentist diagnose existing problems, as well as prevent future problems. X-rays give detail of the bone, tooth and supporting tissue to help dentists see the root, find cavities, check the density of the jawbone, diagnose gum disease and see how adult teeth are developing in children. Digital X-rays were introduced for dental purposes in the late 1980s. They have many advantages over film X-rays.
Reduced Radiation Exposure
Film X-rays require the patient to be exposed to minimal amounts of radiation. While the amounts are safe, many people worry about the exposure. Digital X-rays reduce the exposure by 70 to 90 percent. This is reduced even more because the technology is quick and precise, so fewer retakes are needed.
No Chemical Processing
Unlike film that needs to be developed by the use of chemical solutions, digital X-rays instantly appear. Just as most cameras are digital today, it is the same for dental X-rays. In addition to being quick and clear, the impact on the environment is reduced, as there is no need for the disposal of chemical waste, film or papers. The process is much quicker with instant images.
Since digital images can be easily enhanced, enlarged and refined, our dentist can use them to detect dental issues that may not be seen in conventional X-rays. The color, brightness and contrast can be adjusted so that additional X-rays are not needed.
See for Yourself
Digital X-ray images can be displayed on a large screen so that our dentist can show you the areas of concern and explain any problems that have become evident.
Reduce Waiting Time
The digital images are instant, so you don’t need to wait for the film to be developed. This reduces the amount of time needed for your appointment.
Easy to Store and Transfer
Digital images are stored on a computer, so if your problem needs to be referred to another dentist or orthodontist, it is easy to send over your records. It is even possible for our dentist to send the images to another dentist and discuss your problem on the spot.
One of the most important advantages of digital X-rays is the detection of dental problems early, so a serious problem does not develop. This is especially important for children, as future orthodontic problems may be avoided if our dentist can see how the adult teeth are growing in. Under the gum, the dentist can see if the teeth are in the right position, crooked or leaving gaps.
Digital dental X-rays offer several advantages for patients and doctors, including lower radiation exposure, shorter appointments and better environmental impact, just to name a few. You can experience the benefits yourself when you visit the office of Dr. Michael Sohl for your dental appointments. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in Stuart!