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Digital x-rays can each be used to examine teeth for virtually any problem or disorder. They are programmed for magnification, colorization, and measurement to give the dentist the highest level of accuracy. Images can be magnified 1800x. This procedure increases the dentist’s diagnostic capability tremendously.
Digital radiography utilizes computerized equipment and software to capture x-ray images of your mouth and teeth. We do this by exposing a small sensor, or plate, that feeds the image into a computer.
Digital x-rays have several advantages over traditional film x-rays:
- √ They are faster, producing images that can be viewed almost instantly.
- √ They’re safer, with no chemical development and significantly less radiation.
- √ We can enhance images to improve viewing.
- √ Images can be stored electronically and emailed to specialists and insurance companies.
- √ Taking x-rays is faster because the sensor is merely moved from tooth to tooth, and your x-ray can be seen on a computer monitor just moments after exposure. There’s no waiting for chemical development, as with film packets. It’s also faster because x-rays are available within moments on the computer monitor, with no development step in between.
- √ The lack of chemicals also makes digital x-rays safer for the environment. Digital radiography is safe for you, too. Because the unit is so sensitive, the amount of x-ray radiation is up to 80% less than with conventional x-rays.
- √ Digital x-ray technology enables more efficient diagnosis and treatment because it provides a large, easy-to-see image, and it allows us to make adjustments and see details in the x-ray images. The digital x-rays can then become part of your dental record and be easily emailed to specialists and insurance companies. With digital radiography, we can offer you faster and safer diagnosis and dental treatment.
Medical conditions such as cancers and infections can be picked up using Digital Panorex. Digital full face imaging allows anatomically correct geometry, elimination of shadows and constant magnification. Used for a comprehensive diagnoses with less radiation for one photo of your whole lower face including TMJ joints.
More on X-rays
Dental radiographs, or x-rays, are an important part of a thorough dental examination. A full set of x-rays is usually required for patients who are new to a dental practice or who need extensive treatment. Two to four follow-up or check-up x-rays called “bite-wings” are necessary every 6-12 months, depending on each individual patient’s needs. The most common questions concerning dental x-rays deal with: why they are needed, the amount of radiation exposure, and the safety during pregnancy.
Dental x-rays are important for many reasons. They can expose hidden dental decay; reveal a dental abscess, cyst or tumor; show impacted or extra teeth; and also help determine the condition of fillings, crowns, bridges, and root canals. Dental x-rays can also reveal bone loss from gum (periodontal) disease, locate tartar buildup, find foreign bodies within the gum or bone, and see if there is enough bone for the placement of dental implants. These are just some of the many reasons why dentists rely on dental x-rays.
Some people worry about their exposure to radiation during dental x-ray procedures. Our practice is very concerned about minimizing the amount of radiation a patient receives at our dental office. That’s why we use digital x-rays and cover patients with a lead apron during x-ray procedures. You will be happy to know that digital x-rays expose you to less than 1/100th the amount of typical annual background radiation for someone living in the New York City area. Dental x-rays are both safe and effective, and can be used during pregnancy.
Dental x-rays are an important tool in the diagnosis and treatment of dental problems. They do not, however, replace the need for a visual examination of the head, neck, TMJ and oral cavity. It is only with a combination of both the x-ray and the visual examination that the dentist can best treat his or her patients.