While a visual examination of the mouth can tell your dentist a lot about the health of your teeth, it can’t reveal information about the spaces between the teeth, the inner tooth structure and roots, and the bone beneath the teeth. This can be important information for your dental care; for example, dental X-rays can find cavities between your teeth while they’re still small and easily treated with a filling.
What We See Is What We Get
We’ve invested in a new X-ray technology, which makes the process fast, comfortable, and incredibly precise. It’s called digital radiography, or digital X-rays. While this technology still uses X-rays to take a picture of the inside of your mouth, instead of using film to record the resulting image, it uses a digital detector. Photography has gone digital, so it makes sense for radiography to follow suit.
Using digital radiography, we can clearly identify all external and internal anatomical structures and accurately diagnose your dental problems. Even more amazing, we can immediately translate that information into a large, clear, accurate image, projected onto a monitor that patient and doctor can study together in the office. You won’t even have to leave your chair.
Digital radiography improves and simplifies the way we care for our patients’ teeth, resulting in better dental evaluations and treatment decisions. As the most important member of your dental team, you need to understand the condition of your mouth, as well as our recommendations for treatment. Digital radiographs help us help you.
Reduced Radiation, With Better Results
Because the digital detector is more sensitive than film, the radiation exposure to a patient during a digital radiograph is reduced by 70 to 80% or even more. The exposure to radiation was already small during a traditional dental X-ray, but with digital X-rays, it’s so miniscule that it’s dwarfed by the radiation you’re exposed to in the natural environment.
With digital radiography, your dentist is able to adjust the contrast, seeing multiple layers of information that were harder to detect with the single view produced by the old method (and viewed on a small, immobile lightbox). There are 256 shades of gray produced by digital radiography, compared with 25 or less in conventional radiography! Additionally, the digital images can be zoomed-in to allow the dentist to see more detail.
The storage of traditional X-rays was cumbersome, and the process of looking through old films could be difficult. With digital images, this problem is completely solved. Storage is as simple as saving the image in your file. Old images can be called up and viewed right next to newer ones to look for any changes.
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Digital X-rays offer unparalleled benefits over traditional radiographs: they’re convenient, safe for the environment, provide a great opportunity for patient education, can be transferred and copied accurately, and best of all, they’re safer for our patients. If you have questions about digital X-rays in Virginia Beach, please come to our office for a complementary consultation with Dr. Mary Lewis. A top dentist in Virginia Beach, she uses digital X-rays for all of the imaging done in her office. To book your appointment with Dr. Lewis, please call our office.