Did you know that digital radiography is one of the most important new advances in Dentistry? At Premier Dental Care we are committed to providing our patients with the highest level of service and care possible. We invest in cutting-edge technology such as digital radiography to help achieve this level of service and care with the very best diagnostic treatment available.
Detecting and treating dental problems with dental x-ray technology or digital x-rays saves our patients time, money, and unnecessary discomfort.
Here are 3 things you should know about digital dental x-rays and how they improve patient care.
- An Industry Standard
Dental x-rays are a practice standard and are an essential diagnostic tool that provides valuable information about the teeth and surrounding structures that may not be visibly apparent during a regular oral exam. Also, digital image quality has increased dramatically to the point where it is equal to or greater than traditional x-ray film in regard to image quality.
- Early Detection Means Better Care
Dental x-rays are indispensable in the early detection of decay between the teeth, abscesses or cysts, bone loss in the jaw, sub-optimal tooth and root positions, cancerous tumors, developmental abnormalities in the teeth, and other problems inside the teeth or below the gum line. Unlike older x-ray machines that relied on x-ray film to capture images, digital x-rays make use of an electronic sensor that captures digital images to a computer. These new digital x-ray images can be viewed instantly and scaled (larger or smaller) to help our team detect and identify problem areas. Digital X-rays can also be quickly and easily transmitted to insurance companies or other dentists via e-mail.
- Safe and Painless
Dental x-rays are safe and painless. At our practice we take all necessary precautions to limit patient exposure to any levels of radiation. Additionally, digital x-ray technology operates at an 80-90% reduction in radiation output.
At PDC we recommend a full mouth series of x-rays for all new patients. These initial x-rays should last for three to five years. Some additional x-rays (such as bite-wing x-rays) are recommended more frequently to identify any new dental problems.
If you have any questions about digital radiography please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!