Digital radiography is growing in popularity. This is because it is advantageous to conventional x-rays in many ways. This is one of the reasons why you are seeing more and more dental offices transitioning to digital dental x-rays. Interestingly, dentists who are looking to sell their practice and move somewhere else are having a hard time doing so if they do not have digital x-rays.
We live in a society that has come to expect technology at every turn. It only makes sense, then, that patients who walk into a dental office expect their doctor to have modern technology, including digital x-rays. If they don’t, patients may wonder about the quality of care they are receiving.
A lot of medical care has to do with what the patient perceives they are getting. For example, a patient who sees digital x-rays at a dental office may immediately perceive that this office uses state-of-the-art technology. Patients are concerned now more than ever about being exposed to radiation. When a patient finds out that digital x-rays reduce their exposure to radiation by a huge percent, patients are obviously pleased. To them, technology equates to a higher level of care.
Digital x-rays allow for a lot of flexibility. For example, you can change the exposure in real time. Depending on what part of a person’s mouth you’re looking at, our dentist can increase or minimize the exposure. We can even enlarge certain areas, change the color of areas and superimpose other images. All these things will allow our dentist to identify a problem with a patient’s mouth, and we will be able to immediately do comparisons between the condition of the patient’s teeth today and how they were just a short while ago.
Digital x-rays also provide a superior image quality. The clearer the images and the more detailed the x-ray, the more information it is going to provide. Digital x-ray equipment clearly provides an image quality that is far superior than what is found with traditional film. This means that imperfections in the tooth, fractures and other things that might have been missed on film can be clearly seen with a digital x-ray.
The toxic chemical solutions that were used to develop traditional x-rays are a thing of the past with digital radiography. Additionally, the time that was needed to develop and convert traditional x-rays disappears. With digital technology, the image is immediately available on the computer. With just a few clicks, both our dentist and the patient can see the results and start taking steps toward correcting any issue the patient may have with their teeth.
Digital x-rays are just one example of the advanced technology used at the office of Dr. Michael Sohl, located conveniently in Stuart. Contact us today to schedule your first appointment and take charge of your dental health with digital x-rays.