Radiography is a routine part of dental care that helps give your dentist insight into any dental problems that may be affecting you. A greater understanding of your underlying dental structure aids in the prevention of future issues as well. Conventional radiography has several drawbacks despite its usefulness and is slowly being replaced by the new technology of digital xrays. A small camera about the size of a large postage stamp, but thicker, is place into your mouth and within seconds you and your dentist are looking at the pictures via Digital Xrays.
The radiation levels resulting from a conventional set of xrays is small but can add up over time if you are having extensive dental work performed. As many as 18 xrays may be needed to examine all of your teeth. Dentists understand this risk and do their best to minimize a patient’s exposure, but xrays will continue to be used because the information that they provide outweighs the danger. Digital xrays eliminate a great portion of the radiation necessary and can lower your radiation exposure by over 80%.
The digital xrays process is greatly simplified compared to that of conventional radiography. There is no film involved so there are no dangerous chemicals necessary. The images are sent directly to a computer and are available for viewing as digital xrays almost immediately. These new, high quality images of your dental work can be easily looked at, stored, or printed out. They can be sent off or carried with you if your dentist needs a consultation on your case or if you ever have the need to change your dental care provider.
Digital xrays can be manipulated by computer software affording your dentist a more detailed view that with normal xrays. Software also makes it much easier for your dentist to compare sets of xrays taken at different times to determine if there has been any change in your condition. This allows your dentist to diagnose problems sooner so that larger, more complicated dental issues can be avoided.
The benefits of digital xrays are making it the choice of many dental professionals for the care of their patients. This new technology gives a dentist a better quality image of a patient’s mouth and aids in providing a higher quality of dental care that allows the patient to spend less time in the dental office. Conventional radiography may soon be completely replaced by digital xrays.