Digital x-rays provide improved comfort of mouth x-rays and less cranial exposure to radiation. With digital x-rays, patients can have around 70% less exposure to radiation than conventional x-rays. Digital x-rays also produce larger and clearer photos to better source hard-to-see cavities and the images can be easily stored on a computer and transferred to different dentists or orthodontists for referrals. Digital x-rays are also more environmentally friendly in the long run.
One of the most useful advancements in dentistry has been the introduction of digital radiographs. Digital radiographs use small film size sensors to capture the images and transmit them to workstations within 2 seconds. Today the sensors are more accurate and comfortable than ever. These sensors offer many advantages to the patient, doctor, office, and environment.
Most importantly, the patient receives up to 90% less radiation compared with traditional film radiographs. The advancements in technology have made it possible for the sensors to capture accurate images, with the need for very low exposure times. Also, the image is now available for the dentist within 2 seconds, as compared to 5 minutes with tradition film.
With the aid of dental imaging software, the doctor has many aids available to properly diagnose the radiography. These include such things as; changing contrast, enhancing image quality, magnification of the image, taking accurate measurements, and immediate comparisons of different angles and time periods of images.
The office and doctor also have the added luxury of been able to email images to colleges for consultation purposes. Traditional film used developing and fixing solutions that are no longer needed. Traditional film also involved lead lining within the packaging. Both the lead lining and solutions had to be disposed of using environmental precautions
For your convenience televisions are situated in every treatment room and the waiting room. This serves as a distraction from the fact that you're in the dental office. For anxious patients and especially children it alleviates tension associated with dental visits and creates a relaxing atmosphere.
An intraoral camera is a great tool for patient education. The camera is attached to a wand that can be inserted into areas of a patient's mouth to allow the patient to visually see exactly what you are seeing. It is very difficult to describe to a patient what a crack in the tooth looks like or when a filling is starting to break down and is in need of replacement. A picture is worth a thousand words, and can help you understand the care we are providing. It is part of our commitment to providing you with the best care and latest technology available.