We would like to proudly announce that we now have digital X-rays! Our X-Rays are synced to our dental practice management software to enable more ease of viewing. Our new digital X-Ray sensors enable us to read and analyze the X-rays at a faster rate and with more clarity than traditional X-Ray film. We are focused on providing the latest & greatest tools for our patients!
Benefits of Digital X-rays:
Digital Radiography Advantage #1 – Less exposure to radiation than film x-rays
Digital radiography typically reduces radiation exposure by 70% or more.
Digital Radiography Advantage #2 – X-ray image enhancement
Clarity and detail are crucial in dental imaging. Digital X-ray equipment provides image quality that can surpass traditional film, displaying tiny fractures and imperfections that might have been missed on film. This improves our ability to detect disease and its current state. They also provide immediate visuals so you can also understand your diagnosis.
Digital Radiography Advantage #3 – Less time and no more lost images
Digital X-rays also reduce the long processing time of conventional radiography to seconds. X-ray images are instantly stored and ready to view on our computers.
If we need to send an X-ray to your insurance company or another specialist, we can easily e-mail the X-rays without worrying about losing the images, as is the risk with film x-rays. We can send the images immediately to your specialist or insurance company while you are at the office.
Have questions/concerns about dental X-Ray exposure?
Many patients are concerned about dental x-rays radiation exposure and safety.
Why do we take dental x-rays?
• To view cavities (tooth decay) that can develop between teeth or under existing fillings (restorations).
• Evaluation of potential diseases in the bone
• To evaluate for potential Periodontal (gum) disease
• To view infections that have developed under the gum tissue
• To determine if one may have some type of oral tumor
• To observe how children’s teeth and jawbone are developing
• Evaluate injuries to teeth or surrounding tissues.
Safety of Dental Radiographs
Some people worry about the safety of dental radiographs, but the amount of radiation used to obtain dental X-rays is minimal. Bitewing radiographs – usually two to four X-rays are about 0.005mSv (milisieverts) which is very minimal compared to environmental radiation people are exposed to on a yearly basis. Radiation is part of our environment, and on average a person is exposed to 3.2mSv.
Our practice follows the ALARA principle – “As Low As Reasonably Achievable” when taking radiographs. We use the proper equipment and testing to ensure the safety of our patients. As well, we take the minimal amount of X-rays for proper diagnosis. We take X-rays based on your oral examination, symptoms that you report, age, risk of oral disease, health history, or any of these combining factors.