X-rays are an integral part of your dental file at Water’s Edge Dental. These images allow us to see exactly what is happening both between your teeth and below the gumline. We can even check the condition of your jawbone. Years ago, x-rays were taken by a machine that required a high amount of radiation. It also took valuable time to develop the images. Dental technology had advanced and provided us with the use of digital x-rays.
Why Do You Need X-Rays?
With x-rays, we can see exactly what is happening inside your mouth in the areas that are not visible to the naked eye. We can see the damage to your teeth, infections in the root, and deterioration of the jawbone. X-rays can be used to diagnose some different conditions, and help us to prepare a treatment plan that will yield the best possible results. After treatments, x-rays can then be used to monitor your healing, and make sure that the condition of your mouth is not deteriorating.
What are Digital X-Rays?
Digital x-rays are the latest advancement in x-ray technology. Instead of radiation, digital x-rays rely on electronics. We place a sensor in your mouth, which is attached to a computer. With the click of a button, we can instantaneously capture images. There is no need to develop the images in a darkroom. Instead, they display almost immediately on the computer screen.
Benefits of Digital X-Rays
There are some benefits provided by digital x-rays. First is the reduced exposure to radiation. While there is some radiation involved with a digital x-ray, the amount is reduced up to 95%. For patients who are wary about radiation exposure, this can be a huge relief.
Digital x-rays do not require a separate darkroom to develop photos. With traditional x-rays, this has always taken up a significant amount of time, often drawing out appointments. Now, images are displayed almost instantly on the computer monitor, allowing for prompt diagnosis. More of your appointment time can be dedicated to helping you understand your diagnosis and discussing treatment options. Moreover, with a shorter appointment, you can be back to the rest of your daily life with minimal interruption.
With the use of the computer, we can do a lot more with digital x-rays than we ever could with traditional. Images can be magnified and enhanced; certain areas zoomed in on to see the tiniest of details. We also have the ability to display the images in color or negative. All of these features allow us to catch issues and treat them before they become serious problems.
Lastly, your digital x-rays become part of your digital file. A digital file allows us to pull up your information without the need to dig through a physical file, where papers and images can get lost. Not only does this help to save time, but it ensures that we have all of your information right at our fingertips. We can also take an older image and display it side by side, which allows us to see the progression or deterioration of certain conditions so that we can always stay on top of your oral health.
Digital x-rays provide us with the opportunity to optimize your oral health. Contact Water’s Edge Dental today to learn more.