People no longer have to get x-rays at the dentist that require film paper and chemicals for processing. We, at Widner Elite Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, use digital x-rays to diagnose dental conditions and formulate treatment plans. You can find out more about these types of x-rays by reading the information below. The more you know about dental innovations, the more confident you will feel about your dental check-ups and visits.
What Are Digital X-rays?
Digital x-rays are the imaging we use to begin a diagnosis. To understand how this form of radiography works, you need to compare it with traditional x-rays. Traditional x-rays have been around since the early 20th century, when they were used for taking pictures of internal structures of the body and mouth. Because of innovations in computer technology, digital radiography proves to be a more cost-efficient and safe approach for creating diagnostic images.
If you have had traditional dental x-rays taken, you, no doubt, are familiar with wearing the lead apron that shields you from x-ray radiation. While these x-rays are considered safe, a digital x-ray produces about 80% less radiation than a conventional x-ray. Therefore, your chance of radiation exposure is greatly reduced. Because the film used with a traditional x-ray can be expensive to develop, you receive dental savings when digital radiography is used.
What Are Some of the Benefits Associated With Digital X-rays?
Digital x-rays allow us to take more pictures, as we don’t have to worry about expensive film processing. Therefore, we can enhance your level of dental care. Plus, the storage space for the pictures is virtually unlimited, as we only have to transfer the images onto a hard drive after the pictures are taken.
Moreover, we can access the images anytime we like without worrying about any degradation of the radiographs. Being able to access the images easily can keep us on top of your diagnosis and treatment plan. If you need a fast diagnosis that is accurate, a digital x-ray is an ideal solution. Not only does it help us do our job better, it also gives you the information you need to proceed with the appropriate course of therapy.
What Are the Technological Highlights Associated With Digital Radiography?
By using digital x-rays, we can immediately process the image to view. We can also enhance the x-ray, or modify the contrast and brightness, by using various processing methods. Digital images come out larger as well, which enables us to detect any problems we might not easily see on a conventional radiograph.
This type of x-ray is also more sustainable and more environmentally friendly. While conventional x-rays feature 16 to 25 shades on a grey-scale, digital x-rays provide 256 shades of grey. Therefore, we can get the images we need to make an accurate diagnosis and to quickly proceed with therapy.
Has it been a while since you had dental x-rays taken? If so, we, at Widner Elite Oral Surgery and Dental Implants invite you to give us a call at (737) 309-4351 now. We can provide you with an imaging solution that is safe and helpful in addressing any of your dental needs. Give us a call now to set an appointment for a check-up and x-rays.