If you have been to the dentist at least a few times in your life, it is likely that you have had one or more X-rays taken. Just like in the medical field, X-rays are valuable tools for diagnosis in dentistry as well. Newer equipment utilizes digital technology as supposed to the traditional method of using film for taking X-rays. Digital X-rays provide a number of advantages for both the dentist and the patient.
The older method of taking X-rays involves placing a piece of film in the mouth in order to get the image. This could be an uncomfortable process for the patient. In addition, it is sometimes necessary to take several images to get the view that is needed from the correct angle. After the image is taken, the film must be developed before it is converted into a useable tool for the dentist to use. This takes a little time to do, so there is somewhat of a delay in having accessible information after the image is taken.
Sometimes, an X-ray may need to be repeated if it turned out to be unclear or blurred. If the patient moved at the time the image was taken, a blurred image was likely the result. The problem is that it may not be apparent that the image is blurred until it is developed and viewed later.
Traditional X-rays expose the patient to a higher dose of radiation than digital ones do. If the image must be re-taken, the exposure level to the patient goes up even higher. The patient benefits from digital X-rays not only because each image requires a lower amount of radiation, but also because fewer images are normally needed. The dentist can get more information from a single digital X-ray. It may take several images to provide the same level of detail to the dentist when using the traditional method.
Digital X-rays can be zoomed in if the dentist needs to see something up close. The image is likely to be sharper in the first place, plus the ability to zoom in on the same image is a great advantage. This gives our dentist a greater ability to detect something that might have been missed if he was relying on older technology.
Digital X-rays can be stored electronically and are more easily retrieved when the dentist needs to view them. In addition, it is quicker and easier to send them to other providers whenever the need for a referral arises. With the traditional method, the physical images have to be shipped or hand delivered. Digital technology not only allows for faster retrieval, but it also cuts down on storage space. Plus, it is much easier to attach the images to the patient’s records.
During your appointment at the office of Dr. Michael Sohl in Stuart, you will clearly see that digital X-rays are a tremendous benefit for both the dentist and patient alike. We are proud to use state-of-the-art technology in all of our treatments. Contact us today to schedule a dental appointment!