Dental X-Rays are an Essential Diagnostic Tool
Dental x-rays are essential diagnostic and preventative tools that provide valuable information not visible to the naked eye during regular dental exams. Refusing and neglecting to receive dental x-rays when your dentist advises you to do so can lead to a wide range of dental problems and be a costly mistake.
Without x-rays, hidden dental abnormalities such as cysts, tumors, abscesses, bone loss, developmental abnormalities, decay, rot issues, problems within the teeth, and trouble below the gum line can go undetected. This makes it impossible for Dr. Best to formulate a complete and accurate treatment plan.
Digital X-Rays Release Less Radiation
Some patients are averse to x-rays on account of the radiation. Many are surprised to discover that they are constantly being exposed to environmental radiation. A full set of traditional film based dental x-rays only accounts for about one percent of a patient’s annual radiation exposure. Digital x-rays, on the other hand, actually release radiation levels that are 80-90 percent lower than traditional x-rays. Regardless, radiation exposure should never be a reason for patients to decline dental x-rays.
Computerized Digital Radiography
For patient’s health, Dr. Best uses computerized digital radiography. Our system uses electronic sensors to capture dental images. Although slightly bulkier, the sensors have rounded boarders and corners, making them more comfortable than sharp-edged dental film that can cut into oral tissue.
Conventional dental x-rays are processed in hazardous chemicals, which are not good for the environment. It takes several minutes to get results because film needs time to develop, while digital sensors produce images in seconds and are instantaneously viewed on a flat panel monitor next to the patient’s dental chair.
Stored in Your Digital Record
Digital images are stored in our office computer database and become a part of the patient’s dental record, and saving paper in the process. These can easily electronically transferred to another dentists when specialty services are needed, unlike traditional x-rays that must be chemically duplicated and sent manually.
Dental x-rays are crucial for patients who wish to maintain a healthy mouth. Computerized digital radiography is fast, clean, efficient, and is an excellent patient education tool. Patients can be confident about its safety, process, and results.
Shades of Gray
Digital x-rays utilize 256 shades of gray versus 16 to 25 shades in conventional radiography, making them incredibly crisp and precise. The images can be rotated, magnified, adjusted for contrast, or made into a 3-dimensional image. Together, the patient and Dr. Best can view these high-resolution images and discuss any pertinent findings.